Representatives from sea country Indigenous ranger groups and organisations who work with them packed their bags from regional and remote corners of Australia to go to the International Marine Protected Area Congress 2017 (IMPAC 4) in Chile, so they could advocate for sea country management and protection by traditional owners.
The delegation included Girringun Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Phil Rist and Indigenous Protected Area coordinator Whitney Rassip, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation senior cultural advisor Djalinda Ulamari, Charles Darwin University Australian Institute of Marine Science researcher Jackie Gould, and Smyth & Bahrdt consultant Dermot Smyth. Girringun and Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporations are supporting organisations of the Country Needs People campaign.
Arriving in La Serena, touring Chañaral Island Marine Reserve, and team planning for presentations and events at the conference.
Delegates in the lead up to and at the conference - walking around La Serena; pre-conference lunch with Parks Australia, GBRMPA and other government agency delegates; Jackie and Whitney exploring Djiru country on the interactive google screen at the conference; and La Serena sunset after the first full day at the conference.
Presentations were well received, with time to spare to catch up with old and new colleagues and enjoy some of the conferences activities.
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