SER seminar series 


Dr Sue Jackson presents ‘Indigenous interests and the National Water Initiative’, on 6 July from 1pm to 2pm.

The National Water Initiative (NWI) recognises the special character of Indigenous interests in water. The challenge posed by the NWI is:

  • To incorporate Indigenous social, spiritual and customary objectives in water planning
  • Take account of the possible existence of native title rights to water
  • Account for any water allocated to native title holders
  • Include Indigenous representation in water planning.

Given low levels of awareness of water reforms amongst the Indigenous sector, elements of the NWI relating to community partnerships, knowledge and capacity building are also of considerable importance.

In her seminar, Dr Jackson will discuss the issues that may affect the degree to which Indigenous people benefit from the NWI.

Dr Jackson is a research scientist with CSIRO’s Divisions of Sustainable ecosystems. A geographer with over ten years experience in the social dimensions of natural resource management in north Australia, her current research focus is the Indigenous values of water and their successful incorporation into contemporary water resource management frameworks. Dr Jackson is a member of the executive team for the new TRACK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge) research hub.

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This seminar takes place in room 1, building 22 (22.01), Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University.