The Blyth Liverpool wetlands and eriss
Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, June 1998
About the note
The Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss) undertakes research on environmental issues related to uranium mining and wetland management. It is located at Jabiru in Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory.
In 1996 eriss was asked by the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) to help develop a management plan for their wetlands. The BAC represents people in outstation communities living near Maningrida in central Arnhem Land (about 400 km east of Darwin) and is keen to enhance the future prospects of these communities by developing a pro-active wetland management strategy. The BAC wanted eriss to assist them to assess the 'health' of their wetlands. Based on this and other assessments, the BAC will create a management plan that reflects community ideas for sustainable use and protection of the wetlands. Consultations between eriss and the BAC to discuss community aspirations for the wetlands were facilitated by the Northern Land Council (NLC). This was important to ensure community ownership and control of planning, research and development of the management plan.