Indigenous Award – Caring for Country
I-Tracker Initiative: Best Practice Tools and Partnerships for Indigenous Land and Sea Management
North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, NT
I-Tracker is a revolutionary approach for land and sea management and monitoring by Indigenous Rangers. Rugged touch-screen field computers empower local rangers by putting customised data collection software directly in their hands, while the I-Tracker network based at NAILSMA provides ongoing development, support, training, and idea exchange. By using the highly acclaimed CyberTracker software, I-Tracker links Indigenous Australian rangers into an international network of practitioners and supporters. Indigenous rangers using I-Tracker take pride in knowing they are using the same state-of-the-art tools and technologies as other land managers across the globe. Originally developed and field tested by a working group of rangers, Traditional Owners, scientists, and government managers, I-Tracker now supports regular patrol activities by Indigenous rangers who are collectively responsible for over 25 million hectares of land and sea country. As the northern hub of the Australian Government’s National CyberTracker Network, and a partner with over fifteen organisations and government departments, NAILSMA’s I-Tracker project leads the way in Indigenous conservation and land management.
Comments from Judges
An innovative use of technology for broad application for geographic and project coverage. The application is clearly being used in a way that is benefiting community at a wider level than originally planned, and has positive outcomes for managing the country. The judges were particularly pleased to see the great connection between technology and its application to care for our country on a multitude of levels. This is a broad reaching project that builds local capacity while providing a range of data to inform management processors, it engages with a large number of Indigenous groups as well as mainstream partners.