Looking back to move forward: Collaborative ecological monitoring in remote Arnhem Land


  • Emilie J. Ens,

  • Gillian M. Towler,

  • Cherry Daniels,

  • the Yugul Mangi Rangers,

  • the Manwurrk Rangers

  • Indigenous land and sea managers are working across Australia for natural and cultural resource conservation. Justifying the outcomes of effort to funding bodies, the broader public and local communities is thwarted, however, by language differences, lack of technical capacity and complex local socio-economic and political histories. This paper details ways that two remote Indigenous ranger groups are collaborating with non-Indigenous ecologists to address this situation using Indigenous and non-Indigenous (two-way) techniques.

Emilie Ens is an Ecologist with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia. Tel: 02 6125 0672; Email: emilie.ens@anu.edu.au). Gillian Towler is a Technical Officer with the National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney (on temporary appointment with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia). Cherry Daniels is a retired senior ranger and founder of the Yugul Mangi Rangers (Yugul Mangi Land and Sea Management Corporation, PMB 92, via Katherine, NT 0852, Australia). The Manwurrk Rangers are staff of Warddeken Land Management Limited (PO Box 244, Jabiru, NT 0866, Australia).