Reef Catchments joined with with CSIRO, BOM and the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub to hold a two day workshop with the Traditional Owners Reference Group (TORG) in December (2015). The workshop was held to form partnerships to share western knowledge about climate change and traditional knowledge about weather and climate.
Traditional Owners were provided with information about the current understanding of what drives the region’s weather and climate and how future climate is projected through various global climate models. Auntie Carol Prior (Ngaro) shared stories about how reading signs helped them to understand weather changes that has been passed down by Elders. ‘The information you have provided us with is about the why, we never questioned that but it has been interesting to learn about’.
All of the Traditional Owners discussed different signs in the environment that were indicators of weather changes but all agreed ‘its all mixed up now – it can be really hard to work out the changes that are going on’.
The event was a great success and Reef Catchments will continue to forge partnerships with scientists and Traditional Owners about sustainable use and management of our natural resources.