The K’gari Climate Adaptation Project (CAP) is a Butchulla-led co-design with NESP Climate Systems Hub and the Department of Environment and Science (DES). The project will integrate Butchulla ecological and cultural knowledge – informed by the best available climate science and knowledge of World Heritage values.
The Project is a pilot for the Draft CSIRO Climate Change Toolkit and aims to increase understanding of climate change risks, impacts and adaptive management options to look after K’gari into the future.
Outcomes from the project will inform K’gari planning instruments and advise planning for other World Heritage areas, for example, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
The project aims to identify new actions to address climate change vulnerability and risk – via workshops with key stakeholders and to recognise when to consider implementing new actions. Two workshops have been held to date. The first was with 14 Butchulla Elders at Kal’ang Respite Centre to notify the community of the project and invite them to future workshops. The second was a gathering of over 35 scientists and DES staff with a vested interest in K’gari to identify the future climate threats that will inform future workshops.
Article contributed by the BAC and Department of Environment and Science