RECONCILIATION IN AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION: THE EMERGENCE OF CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACHES IN ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT | A/Prof Emilie Ens, Ishara Sahama | Royal Geographical Society of Queensland
Monday, 9 October 2023
In this talk Emilie will describe some of the advances being made around Australia whereby Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are working together to share knowledge and create uniquely Australian ways of managing Country. This reconciliation in conservation practice has been quietly gaining pace from the most remote regions to our urban centres. Science, governments and the academy are now catching up with the groundswell of practical and rapidly evolving cross-cultural approaches in ecology and environmental management. It is timely to celebrate these achievements and continue to build on them to develop new strategies and renewed energy to abate the contemporary crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. In addition to this I will draw attention to the concurrent losses of culture and language that are occurring alongside Earth’s biological crises. I will argue that new linked approaches to biological and cultural, or biocultural, conservation and restoration may allow us to harness the increasing interest in cross-cultural approaches and the Indigenous caring for Country movement to address what Ricardo Rozzi described as the wicked problem of the Anthropocene, Biocultural Homogenisation.