In northern Australia the need for water planning to identify and address Indigenous interests and values is great. However Indigenous values associated with rivers are poorly understood by decision-makers. This project worked closely with Aboriginal communities to look at the importance of water. It documented the social significance of water and quantify the economic benefits households derived from their use of aquatic resources.
Jackson S, Finn M & Scheepers K. 2014. The use of replacement cost method to assess and manage the impacts of water resource development on Australian indigenous customary economies.
Journal of Environmental Management 135:100-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.01.018
Jackson S & Barber M. (2013) Recognition of indigenous water values in Australia's Northern Territory: current progress and ongoing challenges for social justice in water planning. Planning Theory and Practice 14 4: 435-454. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649357.2013.845684
Liedloff AC, Woodward EL, Harrington GA, & Jackson S. 2013. Integrating indigenous ecological and scientific hydro-geological knowledge using a Bayesian Network in the context of water resource development. Journal of Hydrology 499:177-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.06.051
Woodward, E, Jackson S, Finn M, & McTaggart PM. 2012. Utilising Indigenous seasonal knowledge to understand aquatic resource use and inform water resource management in northern Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration, 13: 58-64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00622.x
Jackson S, Finn M, & Featherston P. 2012. Aquatic Resource Use by Indigenous Australians in Two Tropical River Catchments: the Fitzroy River and Daly River. Human Ecology 40: 893. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-012-9518-z
Woodward E. 2010. Creating the Ngan'gi Seasons calendar: Reflections on engaging Indigenous knowledge authorities in research. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts (2):125-138.
Jackson S. 2008. Recognition of Indigenous Interests in Australian Water Resource Management, with Particular Reference to Environmental Flow Assessment. Geography Compass 2: 874-898. doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00103.x
The project was led by Dr Sue Jackson from CSIRO. She was supported by Dr Marcus Finn and Ms Emma Woodward of CSIRO and colleagues from Charles Darwin University.