Issue 2
Monday, 06 April 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Professor Karen Gibb said the workshop had begun the collaborative process to identify what outcomes and indicators were important for Darwin Harbour
Professor Karen Gibb said the workshop had begun the collaborative process to identify what outcomes and indicators were important for Darwin Harbour

Workshop informs Darwin Harbour Report Card

By Leanne Miles

A community-led workshop has been held to inform the Darwin Harbour Report Card, a strategy to support the harbour’s long-term sustainability.

Chair of the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee (DHAC), and Co-Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Professor Karen Gibb said the workshop had begun the collaborative process to ask stakeholders to identify what outcomes and indicators were important for Darwin Harbour.

“DHAC has identified the need to encompass Indigenous cultural, environmental, economic and social indicators into an integrated, comprehensive reporting platform for Darwin Harbour, which would build on the existing water quality reporting,” Professor Gibb said.

She said the workshop aimed to select indicators and thresholds as the first step in developing an integrated report card for Darwin Harbour.

The workshops are part of a project titled “Towards Integrated Reporting for Darwin Harbour”, which will help to manage the long-term sustainability of Darwin Harbour.

They are supported by a $125,000 grant from The Ian Potter Foundation and co-funding from Government and industry.

Participants at the two-day workshop included Larrakia Traditional Owners, environmental and natural resource experts from across government, industry and academia, along with community members and representatives from not-for-profit organisations.

Professor Gibb said the community-led activity brought together data from multiple sources to create a practical tool to better manage this vital resource for the benefit of everyone using the harbour.

“Which environmental, social and economic indicators are included and how they are assessed is the primary outcome of this workshop,” she said. “It also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to meet and share different perspectives of their value of the harbour and begin to co-design and co-develop the new report card.”

She said this was the first in a series of workshops that would be held over the next 18 months.

“This will ensure that the Darwin Harbour Report Card is a living document, relevant to the community, and will support multiple sectors by working to make their efforts integrated and effective,” she said. “Workshop participants will continue to be involved as draft report card scores and grades are drafted, findings defined, and recommendations developed.”