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Great news for North Queensland's environment

Great news for North Queensland's environment
[11 March 2011] On behalf of the large consortium of research providers and end users based in and working in North Queensland, the RRRC today signed a contract with the Australian Government to administer a new, regionally-focused environmental research hub funded through the National Environmental Research Program (NERP). The $25.8 million research hub will fund four years' of research into environmental issues facing the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and Wet Tropics rainforests. [pdf 32.9 kb]


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Project 1.3.1 JCU McNamara, K. et al. (2010) Constructing the Torres Strait: Report on Policy, Media and Public Opinion

Project 1.3.1 JCU McNamara, K. et al. (2010) Constructing the Torres Strait: Report on Policy, Media and Public Opinion
The Torres Strait region holds special significance in the protection of Indigenous Australian culture and land rights, but is also gaining visibility as a site of climate change impacts and adaptation. While the 1992 Australian High Court decision to grant Native Title to traditional owners on Mer Island is probably best known internationally and nationally, the Torres Strait has more recently gained media and policy visibility in relation to unusually large tides and other inundations linked to climate change. This report examines how the Torres Strait region is constructed and represented, largely in relation to climate change, in a variety of forums: policy and discussions, popular media and public opinion. While not denying the impacts of climate change in the region, this report aims to interrogate how the Torres Strait is constructed in certain ways, such as being 'particularly' vulnerable to climate processes. This report identifies how the above three realms offer differing representations of the region. Both media and policy representations for instance implicate severe climate change in the identity of the region and as such construct Islanders as 'particularly' vulnerable subjects with low adaptive capacity. On the other hand, the results from the public opinion survey present alternative constructions of the region, based around culture, people and community. [pdf 464.9 kb]


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Traditional ecological knowledge is facilitating climate change adaptation in Torres Strait

Traditional ecological knowledge is facilitating climate change adaptation in Torres Strait

Traditional ecological knowledge is facilitating climate change adaptation in Torres Strait (19 January 2011) Research funded by the MTSRF Torres Strait research program has shown that traditional ecological knowledge and practices… [ read more... ]

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Guidelines for ethical and effective communication for researchers working in Torres Strait

In recognition of the importance of extension and communication, CRC Torres
Strait funded research to develop protocols and guidelines for researchers working
in Torres Strait (CRC Torres Strait Task T5.1). These guidelines will provide advice
to researchers on ethical protocols and processes to follow, as well as culturally
appropriate and effective methods of consultation, negotiation and
communication.

In recognition of the importance of extension and communication, CRC Torres Strait funded research to develop protocols and guidelines for researchers working in Torres Strait (CRC Torres Strait Task T5.1). These guidelines will provide advice to researchers on ethical protocols and processes to follow, as well as culturally appropriate and effective methods of consultation, negotiation and communication.

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