The west Kimberley’s mighty Fitzroy River has high environmental, economic and cultural significance. Areas within the catchment are National Heritage listed for a mix of biodiversity, Indigenous, historic, geological heritage and aesthetic values. There is increasing interest in the Fitzroy’s significant land and water resources for development, and the need for environmental research to inform land use and water allocation decisions is critical. Planning to maintain these multiple values is a focus of our research in this catchment. Identifying environmental and Indigenous water needs for the Fitzroy River and supporting Traditional Owners in decision making through research are also key research priorities. We also need to better manage weeds on the riverbanks and get a better understanding of the distribution and health of bilby populations in the catchment. Other Hub research across northern Australia is also generating information to support development decisions in the West Kimberley. Our Fitzroy-focused research projects are listed below.
You may also be interested in our projects conducting research across the entire northern Hub region.
Burrows, R.M., Beesley, L., Douglas, M.M. et al. 2020. Water velocity and groundwater upwelling influence benthic algal biomass in a sandy tropical river: implications for water-resource development. Hydrobiologia doi:10.1007/s10750-020-04176-3
Larson, S., Stoeckl, N., Jarvis, D., Addison, J., Grainger, D., Watkin Lui, F., Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC. 2019. Indigenous Land and Sea Management Programs (ILSMPs) Enhance the Wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (1),125. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/1/125.
Douglas, M.M., Jackson, S., Canham, C.A., Laborde, S., Beesley, L., Kennard, M.J., Pusey, B.J., Loomes, R. & Setterfield, S.A. (2019). Conceptualizing Hydro-socio-ecological Relationships to Enable More Integrated and Inclusive Water Allocation Planning, One Earth, Volume 1, Issue 3, 361-373, ISSN 2590-3322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2019.10.021.
Grainger, D. & Stoeckl, N (2019). The importance of social learning for non-market valuation. Ecological Economics 164: 106339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.05.019
Addison, J., Stoeckl, N., Larson, S., Jarvis, D., Bidan Aboriginal Corporation, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Yanunijarra Ngurrara Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC & Esparon, M. (2019). The ability of community based natural resource management to contribute to development as freedom and the role of access. World Development 120: 91-104, ISSN 0305-750X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.04.004.
Bruce Webber interview with Wangki Radio about managing stinking passionflower
Jackson S. 2018. Building trust and establishing legitimacy across scientific, water management and Indigenous cultures. Australasian Journal of Water Resources, DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2018.1505994
Dobbs, R., Davies, C., Walker, M., Pettit, N., Pusey, B., Close, P., Akune, Y., Walsham, N., Smith, B., Wiggan, A., Cox, P., Ward, D., Tingle, F., Kennett, R., Jackson, M., & Davies, P. (2016). Collaborative research partnerships inform monitoring and management of aquatic ecosystems by Indigenous rangers. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 26(4), 711-725. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-015-9401-2
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