Australia's Indigenous communities hold a vast treasure-trove of wisdom and knowledge about the Australian landscape and environment. "They are the oldest living civilisation on this planet," says Professor David Griggs in Nhawul Bultjubul Ma - To See With Both Eyes. "They have an oral history which goes back many thousands of years. They have an intrinsic knowledge of how natural systems work."
That's why Monash Sustainable Development Institute is working in partnership with Victoria's Yorta Yorta and other Indigenous communities to assist them to respond to climate change and have a stronger say in the policies and management decisions that affect their traditional lands. The program is also improving our understanding of traditional livelihoods, values, practices and needs, as well as the common benefits and risks associated with national responses to climate change.