What partnerships, data and passion can teach us about protecting and restoring wetlands
In this episode with Keith Ward, a senior wetland ecologist with over 30 years of experience working within the RAMSAR listed Barmah National Park, we take a look at some of the factors around wetland biodiversity and decline, the importance and need for monitoring, research and data and the intricacies of managing an ecosystem with multiple interested parties.
Barmah-Millewa references for further general information
GBCMA (2013) Barmah-Millewa Research Conference – A conference held over 2 days that recorded each presentation from various researchers undertaking research and monitoring projects at Barmah-Millewa Forest.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Shepparton. Hale, J. and Butcher, R. (2011) Ecological Character Description for the Barmah Forest Ramsar Site.
Report to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra (DSEWPaC).MDBA (2021) Barmah and Millewa floodplain monitoring reports.
Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Canberra. Parks Victoria (2020) Strategic Action Plan: Protection of Floodplain Marshes in Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest Ramsar Site.
Parks Victoria, VEWH (2021) Barmah Forest.
VEWH, Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board (YYTOLMB) (2020) Joint Management Plan for Barmah Forest.
Part 2 – Water law, traditional owner knowledge and rights with Dr Emma Carmody
In Part 2 of the Water law and traditional owner knowledge and rights episode, we catch up with Dr Emma Carmody, the Managing Lawyer of the Freshwater Program (Australia-Pacific) from the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).
Treaty Research Paper – 2019 – Sonia Cooper – 1571958310-Final-Treaty-Paper-11-July-2019-SCooper.pdf (yynac.com.au)
Godden, L.C. et al 2020 Online Indigenous water rights and water law reforms in Australia — Monash University
Monash University: Indigenous water rights and water law reforms in Australia (9 kB)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have long called for treaty but this call has gone unanswered. Until now.
Part 1 – Water law, traditional owner knowledge and rights with Sonia Cooper by Freshwater Connections
In this 2 part episode we explore water law and traditional owner knowledge and rights with Sonia Cooper from the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Dr Emma Carmody from the Environmental Defenders Office. In Part 1, Sonia and I yarn about her time on country as a Yorta Yorta woman and role as a representative for Yorta Yorta for the Living Murray. We discuss and look at First Nation water values, recognition and empowerment, collaboration and communication in water and how first nations such as Yorta Yorta might feel or see themselves operating within a water market and water policy frameworks to access water and determine its use for purposes including restoring and protecting cultural practices and healing country.
Talking social science in catchment management with Dr Siwan Lovett
In the first episode we discuss the social science perspective of working in catchment management with Dr Siwan Lovett from the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC). We dive into Siwan’s early beginnings with a phenomenal career integrating social and environmental sciences including how the ARRC started, to the Waterway Management Twinning Program, how to effect change and Taking in the Good as provided during her Keynote speech at the RBMS River Fest.