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Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK)

Australia’s tropical rivers and coasts are widely recognised for their outstanding natural and cultural values. The Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) research hub brought together over 50 leading tropical river and coastal scientists and managers.

The aims were to:

  • identify important natural assets and ecosystem services and how they are maintained or delivered;
  • assess the social, economic and environmental impact and viability of proposed developments in the region; and
  • identify opportunities to develop genuinely sustainable enterprises. 

The TRaCK program and its Synthesis and Adopotion Year (2011 - 2012) have now concluded, its research outcomes proving essential in furthering our knowledge of northern Australia's rivers and water resources. Research undertaken in the 2011 - 2012 Synthesis and Adoption year has highlighted a need to increase Indigenous community engagement in water planning processes and collaborative development with agency water planners.

Theme 6 (Sustainable Enterprises) 2007 - 2011

NAILSMA managed Theme 6 (Sustainable Enterprises), which coordinated two foundational projects and three case studies.

6.1 Establishing water markets in northern Australia: Quentin Grafton, Australian National University.

6.2 Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia:  Michael O'Donnell, John Toohey Chambers.

6.3 Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy in Arnhem Land: options for payment for environmental services: Jon Altman, Australian National University.

6.4 Strategies for establishing Indigenous management arrangements for the Archer River Basin - Case Study: Ellie Austin, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation..

6.5 Nyikina Mangala Native Title Group ecosystem services in the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy) River Catchment -Case Study: Anne Poelina, Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal Corporation.

Go to Publications and Links to download related research outputs.

Synthesis and Adoption Year (2011-12)

NAILSMA participated in the TRaCK Synthesis and Adoption Year (2011-12) through two projects under the Indigenous enterprises and water planning topic. These projects sought to synthesise best practice design and delivery of Indigenous livelihoods research and its relationship to Indigenous livelihoods development, raise awareness about water planning processes in Indigenous communities, and in the long term improve the development of Indigenous livelihoods, Indigenous participation in water planning and standards for community engagement.

Go to Publications and Links to download related research outputs.

NAILSMA Projects:

NAILSMA delivered two projects under the TRaCK Synthesis and Adoption Year.

  1. Discussion Paper – Reflections on Researching and Developing Indigenous Livelihoods on Country: aims to enhance the design and delivery of future livelihoods research and development projects, and provides suggested guidelines for its management in future projects.
  2. Facilitators’ Guide to Indigenous Water Planning: outlines a structured, community-based program to improve the inclusion and participation of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities in water management. The guide is comprised of four components that are a toolbox that provides facilitators with the necessary information, direction and resources to carry out their role.

Project Support

The National Water Commission (NWC) funded the TRaCK Synthesis and Adoption Year which concluded in March, 2012.

The NAILSMA coordinated TRaCK projects worked closely with:

Want to know more?

Go to the Water Program Publications and Links page.