Abstract: Summary Indigenous people are the custodians of knowledge systems that hold detailed awareness of the environment, including applications for monitoring and management to improve biodiversity and cultural outcomes. Indigenous communities are increasingly participating in programs to monitor populations of wildlife. There is a need for frameworks to guide how Indigenous priorities, aspirations and culture can be respected within monitoring programs, as well as case studies that demonstrate how Indigenous knowledge and practice can provide opportunities together with Western science practice to improve the rigour and outcomes of wildlife monitoring. Here, we describe the process of developing a monitoring program that was tailored to be carried out by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Indigenous ranger teams to assess the status, trend and response to the management of a threatened and culturally significant species Mankarr (Greater Bilby; Macrotis lagotis). We applied a collaborative two-way approach, using iterative consultations, elicitations and field trials involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous project partners to define monitoring objectives, record biocultural knowledge and tailor a sampling methodology to fit the requirements of Martu Traditional Owners. Our project focused on creating a method that would be engaging, accessible and useful for rangers who would carry out the program, and prioritized collection of relevant data for community decision-making regarding management. We outline our key learnings for co-design of wildlife monitoring programs on Indigenous lands. Our approach provides insights that will assist in designing other cross-cultural or participatory monitoring programs.
Skroblin, Anja, Carboon, Tracy, Bidu, Gladys, Taylor, Muuki, Bidu, Ngamaru, Taylor, Waka, Taylor, Karnu, Miller, Minyawu, Robinson, Leah, Williams, Carol, Chapman, Nganjapayi, Marney, Mulyatingki, Marney, Carl, Biljabu, Jakayu, Biljabu, Levina, Jeffries, Pamela, Samson, Heather, Charles, Phillipa, Game, Edward T., Wintle, Brendan, 2022, Developing a two-way learning monitoring program for Mankarr (Greater Bilby) in the Western Desert, Western Australia, Volume:23, Journal Article, viewed 05 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=30631.