Next week Saltwater Projects will be taking part in the massive IUCN World Parks Congress. There will be live streaming events, so anyone interested in the future of protected areas on the planet, check out the website. We (Carolyn Briggs (Boonwurrung Elder) and Natalie Davey will be presenting and participating in a workshop called : Traditional marine management systems and international policies and targets
'Indigenous Peoples and local communities undertake conservation and sustainable use in a diversity of ways, often based on their traditional knowledge and understanding of the marine environment and its resources. Traditional knowledge has survived the test of time and is adaptable to changing circumstances. Its application in marine management can improve the resilience of both biodiversity and human communities. Culturally-based approaches are effective in producing social, economic and biodiversity benefits, and contribute to national and global targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other international policy instruments related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), other area-based conservation, and fisheries. This session will explore successes of traditional and local marine management, its contribution to international policies and targets, and potential solutions to conflicts that can result between conservation approaches, such as MPAs, and sustainable uses by communities.'
On Saturday, November 15th, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, we will be sharing some stories from working in the marine parks of Port Phillip Bay and the strentgthening of custodianship of these places developed through working with traditional knowledge and marine science with community. We are looking forward to learning from the many people, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, who are coming to Sydney to impart their knowledge and experiences.