Media release: NAILSMA wins two awards at the Territory NRM Annual Forum 2013
NAILSMA has been recognised for its work in natural resource management in the Northern Territory, taking home two awards at the first ever NT Natural Resource Management Awards, held in Darwin on November 6.
The I-Tracker Program took out the award for Best Collaboration in NRM, while CEO Joe Morrison received the Special Achievement in NRM award in recognition of his decades of work supporting Traditional Owners’ efforts to care for country.
Joe Morrison has spent the last 20 years working with rural and remote communities throughout north Australia. In 1997 he was awarded the Young Australian of the Year for his environmental work in the Northern Territory. He initially worked with Parks and Wildlife NT and then spent the last 10 years working with NAILSMA as the CEO.
As CEO, Joe has championed efforts to support Indigenous land and sea managers across north Australia to continue to live on their traditional lands and care for their country. Joe has brought together Indigenous ranger groups, government agencies, scientists, and philanthropic, industry and Indigenous leaders to develop a collaborative Indigenous-led approach to north Australia’s development.
On accepting the award Mr Morrison said he was absolutely delighted to receive an award for something that he enjoys doing: “working for Indigenous people here in the NT and across north Australia on issues of social justice and human rights, but done through the lens of caring for our natural and cultural resources.”
Mr Morrison acknowledged the encouragement and support of his family. He also acknowledged NAILSMA Chairman Peter Yu: “Peter has provided enormous support and professional advice over the past 12 years of our working together on some of the most challenging issues facing northern Australia.”
The NAILSMA I-Tracker program also took home an award for its work supporting Indigenous land and sea managers across north Australia. The program assists Indigenous rangers to undertake natural and cultural resource monitoring, research and management activities using digital technology and equipment.
Collaboration is fundamental to the success of the I-Tracker program as it allows for continuous feedback and development tailored to the needs of Indigenous ranger groups. NAILSMA coordinates a number of workshops and forums annually, providing a platform for Indigenous land and sea managers to share their experiences with other land and sea managers and to access expertise.
Mr Morrison, commenting on the NRM Best Collaboration Award, said that “I-Tracker is a key part of NAILSMA’s strategy to develop livelihood opportunities in north Australia that are based on the cultural and traditional responsibilities of Indigenous people to care for their country.”
NAILSMA congratulates all of the finalists for the 2013 NT NRM awards.
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