Tuesday 6
Mining, environment and society in the Kimberley and Canning Basin, Australia: Implementation of organic thinking to organize a development that increases the resilience of communities living on their territory.
Philippe Vaillant
› 15:40 - 16:40 (1h)
› SULLY 2
Mining, environment and society in the Kimberley and Canning Basin, Australia: Implementation of organic thinking to organize a development that increases the resilience of communities living on their territory.
Philippe Vaillant  1@  
1 : Université de Lorraine  (UFR Loterr, EA 1135)  -  Website
Université Nancy II : EA1135
23 boulevard Albert 1er, BP 3397, 54015 Nancy Cedex -  France

Biography of Author – Speaker 1 : Philippe Vaillant, ENSAIS Architect, Doctor of Geography, Associate Researcher at the Laboratory of Geography Loterr Nancy2, EA 1135, University of Lorraine, France (http://cerpa-geographie.univ-nancy2.fr/node/242), post-doctoral project integrated into the 2013-2018 research program. Lecturer at University of Poitiers, France, ISOCARP Representative at UNESCO, and a member of Africa FORUM 2014 on the theme of water.

 

Dr Anne Poelina Speaker 2 : Peter Cullen Fellow is an Indigenous Australian her wide experience from working in Indigenous health, education, language and community cultural development for over 30 years has developed a deep understanding of issues impacting on Indigenous Australians. Dr Poelina has studied the historical colonial context of development in the West Kimberley and how that impacts on contemporary Indigenous participation in decision making, governance, land and water reform. Her work highlights Indigenous knowledge relating to water sustainability and wildfire mitigation and other key environmental/land management issues.

Ian Perdrisat – Speaker 3 : Ian Perdrisat is an Indigenous Australian from Sydney. Following graduation as a physical education/science teacher, he became actively involved in Aboriginal education. Ian has been a Senior Lecturer responsible for Aboriginal programs at the University of Western Sydney, Edith Cowan University, Perth and Southern Cross University, Lismore. Ian has a Master's Degree in Education, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Master of Arts in Indigenous Social Policy. His previous experience includes working for Aboriginal community and government agencies and private consultancies in the fields of health, community empowerment, disability services, education and cultural mapping for over twenty years around Australia particularly focusing on the West Kimberley region. Ian is currently completing his doctoral studies.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of the last pristine wilderness environments in the world. It is rich with ancient living Aboriginal culture and it is subject to strong mining and gas pressure. The study is conducted in collaboration with Nyikina people, the Traditional Owners of the Fitzroy River and the International Water Centre in Brisbane (IWC) with the support of the Association “Men, Women in the City” and the Laboratory of the University of Nancy-Lorraine 2, France, to progress further understanding of the role of culture and indigenous science in development choices. Dialogic (Freire, AIATSIS) and organic (Whitehead) methods are used to explore ethical implications in regards to water resource issues that can be mobilized (UNESCO) for industrial needs as well as for plant, animal and human societies. With sustainable development in mind, this issue requires consideration of the three induced axes of governance (sovereignty), science (re-enchanted), and land management and care.

 

This research approach explores the multiple links between resilience thinking and development issues regarding enabling human societies to manage water, minerals, plants and animals to ensure the resilience of their territory. The "drop of experience" model contributes to building knowledge about resilience in the dimension of the philosophical, scientific, cultural and spiritual, in a resolutely transcultural approach to generate knowledge around the nexus of Traditional Indigenous knowledge and Western science.



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