Practiced and shared living knowledge


This pathway will promote the use of the whole of the Cape York NRM Atlas to share knowledge and exchange capacity across groups. The focus is on region-wide planning processes for climate change adaptation using the information gathered from several sources, both technical and community-generated, without creating a new plan.

The Atlas is intended to support the Cape York community, particularly landholders, to use and develop tools to integrate land management techniques such as water management, infrastructure assessments, agricultural planning for soil health and monitoring of climate impacts on threatened species.

How was it identified?

Cape York has a long history of failed planning processes which led to a new phase of Planning by Doing. This was informed by community discussions and projects to improve resilience of NRM. This pathway was particularly developed through the Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change project. Using a systems approach to planning for climate change was identified at the 2014 RIS workshop.

  • Engage appropriately with Elders and knowledge holders to seek permissions and record knowledge through multiple media platforms.
  • Work with partners, the Board and members of Cape York NRM to understand the aspirations of people Cape York.
  • Receive monitoring data and understand the lessons in delivery of on-ground projects.
  • Receive and develop communications articles for presentation on the Atlas.
  • Educate the Indigenous community and wider public about Indigenous culture, land management and wellbeing.
  • Use networks and Indigenous Reference Groups to share, inspire and strengthen responsibilities to Australia's future.
  • Learn about what works and what doesn't to achieve cultural and environmental outcomes, with community partners.
  • Conduct sector workshops to discuss management techniques, 'think tanks' and roundtables, business advice, accredited training and monitoring of activities.
  • Use the project information, identified challenges and lessons learned, monitoring data and research results to improve our actions.
  • Assess the risks of various infrastructure development options related to climate variability.
  • Supporting research and engaging with the community to develop new ideas and projects.
  • Working with schools to build skills and knowledge in culture, ecosystems and land management.
  • Connect through the Living Knowledge Place to show people case studies on historical knowledge, environmental projects and wellbeing.
  • As a collective community, continually look for investments and funds, new initiatives and opportunities, connect with networks and test tools for implementing effective actions.
  • Investigate alternative agricultural systems that support sustainable use of water in a changing climate, particularly promoting integrated management of living soils.
  • Collaborate for funding to research and monitor soil health, water fluctuations and climate variability impacts on species and ecosystems.
  • Through the Atlas, provide information, tools and service providers to implement informed, effective and efficient actions.
  • Network across Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to improve informed management of country.
  • Assist Traditional Owners to access country, pass on knowledge and document IEK, including promotion to a wider audience.
  • Support local leaders deliver local on-ground actions efficiently, while exchanging capacity and knowledge with other groups.
  • Implement trials, develop case studies and demonstration sites to communicate NRM issues across sectors.