NAILSMA I-Tracker Initiative wins two Banksia Environmental Awards 2012
NAILSMA has won two prestigious Banksia Environmental Awards, one in the Land and Biodiversity category, and another in the Indigenous category.
The I-Tracker program, which supports Indigenous land and sea managers across north Australia, has been recognised for innovative solutions to the challenge of monitoring and conserving biodiversity on Indigenous lands and seas in north Australia.
'I-Tracker is fundamentally advancing land management in Australia, by giving Indigenous communities the power to record, analyse, and map their own data' said Joe Morrison, CEO of NAILSMA Ltd.
In awarding the Indigenous—Caring for Country Award, the Banksia Environmental Foundation noted that, 'the judges were particularly pleased to see the great connection between technology and its application to care for our country on a multitude of levels'.
The Indigenous award category recognises those delivering excellence in stewardship of the land, waterways, wildlife habitats, native flora and fauna through demonstrated indigenous leadership, community involvement and benefit.
The Foundation also highlighted the broad impact of the I-Tracker initiative in its remarks on the Land and Biodiversity—Preserving our Ecosystems Award, saying that 'it has transformed the collection of environmental information and the management of environmental and biosecurity issues across the Top End of Australia.'
The Land and Biodiversity Award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in protecting and enhancing land systems, soils forests and biodiversity.
Mr. Morrison said that 'Indigenous rangers are often the only locally-based land managers in remote and regional Australia, and I-Tracker equips rangers with the same state-of-the-art tools and technologies as other land managers around the globe'.
'As part of the National CyberTracker Network,' he said, 'I-Tracker has become the leading model for best-practice environmental monitoring and reporting by Indigenous rangers, and is now in use by rangers responsible for over 25 million hectares of high-biodiversity land and sea country'.
'I-Tracker is a key part of NAILSMA’s strategy to develop livelihood opportunities in north Australia that are based on the cultural and traditional responsibilities of Indigenous people to care for their country' he said.
Middle photo: Chris Sampi (Bardi Jawi Rangers) holds the Award.
Bottom photo: Jenny Creek (Kalan Ranger) and Alison Liddy (Lama Lama Rangers) hold the Award.