Cross-cultural biodiversity surveys in eastern Arnhem Land
Macquarie, in collaboration with the remote community of Ngukurr in South East Arnhem Land, has integrated regional biodiversity data through a two-way relationship with the Atlas of Living Australia and The Nature Conservancy. Indigenous knowledge of regional biodiversity has made significant contributions to ways of knowing and managing biodiversity.
Macquarie employed more than 50 people from Ngukurr who were previously unemployed, and in 2016, with the local Aboriginal Yugul Mangi Rangers established the Yangbala Ranger group, a youth empowerment project which continues today. Fifty young people aged 18–35 were paid to work on the project while mentoring senior school children. Three young people went on to study at Macquarie, and they are the first people from the Ngukurr community to attend university in more than 30 years.
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