An initiative that is revolutionising the way Indigenous rangers care for country has won this year's Banksia Indigenous Caring for Country Award.
An initiative that is revolutionising the way Indigenous rangers care for country has won this year’s Banksia Indigenous Caring for Country Award.
This prestigious award which recognises those delivering excellence in stewardship of the land, waterways, wildlife habitats, native flora and fauna through demonstrated Indigenous leadership, community involvement and benefit.
The alliance’s project, the I-Tracker Initiative: Best Practice Tools and Partnerships for Indigenous Land and Sea Management is leading the way in Indigenous conservation and land management. The alliance also won the Banksia Land and Biodiversity - Preserving Our Ecosystems Award for this successful project.
I-Tracker (short for Indigenous Tracker) is a revolutionary approach for land and sea management and monitoring by Indigenous Rangers. The program empowers Indigenous rangers to collect data across more than 25 million hectares of land and sea country using state-of-the-art tools and technology. The I-Tracker network based at North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd NT (NAILSMA) provides ongoing development, support, training and idea exchange. I-Tracker links Indigenous Australian rangers into an international network of practitioners and supporters.
Caring for our Country funds the National Cybertracker Project which aims to deliver an on-ground data collection system which aligns with the Caring for our Country monitoring, evaluation, reporting and implementation (MERI) strategy and which will ultimately provide data on the state and change over time in the condition of assets on Indigenous Protected Areas and Working on Country projects. CyberTracker is uniquely appropriate for Indigenous use where there may be language barriers and harsh field conditions.