Training of indigenous rangers in wetland and waterbird conservation, northern Australia
The activity comprises separately-funded components, all focused on developing capacity of indigenous Australians employed as natural resource rangers, to conduct wetland and waterbird survey and conservation projects in remote regions of northern Australia. Initial emphasis is on recognition and survey methods for migratory shorebirds and waterbird breeding colonies in tropical coastal wetlands.
Communities at Ramingining (NT), Burketown (QLD) and Kowanyama (QLD) have participated in the training to date. The work in 2007-8 has been exploratory with respect to developing proposals for ongoing funding for a substantial training and mentoring program.
Funded by: the Australian Government through the Natural Heritage Trust, as sub-projects of the Wetland Management Solutions initiative; WWF Australia supervised one component. Implementation has been led by Roger Jaensch & Doug Watkins.