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Valuing traditional knowledge in environmental assessments

March 2016: Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater was part of the Australian delegation to a recent meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn, Germany.

A key topic at the meeting was the role of Indigenous and local knowledge on the platform. “A lot of scientists refer to ‘integrating’ Indigenous knowledge with scientific environmental assessments. However, Indigenous and local people do not see their knowledge as something that can be integrated, rather it should be


Professor Peter Bridgewater Landcare’s new chief

IAE Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater has been appointed as Chief of Landcare ACT.

Professor Bridgewater has had an impressive career in the science-policy interface, and is looking forward to being involved at a grass roots level. “The role will be challenging as we establish priorities for the immediate and long term. However, I think it will be equally rewarding,” says Professor Bridgewater. “I love Canberra and its bush landscape, and Landcare ACT will give me an opportunity to contribute my


South Georgia Island: A Sentinel for Climate Change

South Georgia was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age, researchers have discovered.

Today South Georgia is home to over 100 glaciers, juxtaposed with green grass and abundant wildlife. But this wasn’t always the case. Twenty thousand years ago ice extended tens of kilometres out into the ocean from the island, with life only existing at the ice margin and beyond. Associate Professor Duanne White worked with a team of international researchers to discover that ice