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3. Hon Glenn Butcher MP, Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water, Queensland Government
4. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane City Council
5. Peter Varghese, Chancellor, University of Queensland - In person
With over 20 years of data, displaying information that is simple and easy to interpret can be challenging. GIS software is effective in presenting the condition of the rivers, and their change over time. Healthy Land and Water has created online data dashboards using desktop and online GIS and data display tools like ESRI ArcGIS and Microsoft PowerBI. The data dashboards display the condition of waterways of SEQ based on a suite of routinely measured water quality, habitat, and ecological indicators. Additionally, since 2015, HLW surveys the local community’s perception of waterways which in turn are available in online data dashboards.
The dashboards are interactive, and users can customize what information is displayed, ranging from high level summaries (waterway grades) to trends and correlations between individual indicators. These display tools facilitate the engagement of local communities in understanding the health of our local waterways, inspiring the public and stakeholders to take action to improve their health.
These tools represent a substantial step towards a near-real time understanding of the health of our waterways. This wealth of data is also allowing predictions of the future conditions of waterways to be made under a range of future scenarios. Both near-real-time monitoring, and predictive capability is allowing for improved natural resource management decision making.
the contributors to waterway health, Fitzroy Partnership aims to build one of the largest citizen science water data samples in Australia!
In that respect, there are potential lessons to be learned from the Australian experience. Australia’s Indigenous peoples have advocated for legal recognition of their cultural knowledge and rights in relation to water governance for many years. Although progress in Australia is encouraging, there is no systematic overview of current laws and policies across all jurisdictions and how they facilitate Indigenous water rights. Our first objective therefore is to promote learning across cultural contexts by undertaking an in-depth study of the Australian legal landscape and recent reforms. Underlying these reforms is a recognition of the cultural and spiritual connection of Indigenous people with their land and waters and the important role their knowledge plays in sustainable water governance. This baseline knowledge is important to understand whether any of the Australian approaches could be appropriately adapted to Indonesia. Our next objective is to formulate an international research agenda on legal innovations for advancing Indigenous rights and sustainable river governance by leveraging existing Australia-Indonesia knowledge networks.
The project is due for completion in late 2021 so this presentation will outline the results of the project to date.