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Climate change and remote Indigenous coastal communities: Insights from South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory
A case study of a remote Indigenous community in coastal northern Australia that expressed their concern on climate impacts and their interest on sharing knowledge and preferences to guide future adaptation and decision-making
A remote Indigenous community in coastal northern Australia has already noticed that changes to their local environment are occurring and they are concerned about future uncertainty. A study in 2012 developed resources that helped to facilitate the community’s members to share their extensive knowledge, ideas and preferences that will help future adaptation and decision-making. The community linked the loss of traditional knowledge with a reduced resilience to change in the future. The community expressed a desire to be included in decision making about their community. These findings provide a starting point for other indigenous communities to think about adaptation. In particular, some of the facilitation tools could be adapted by other groups.