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Joanne Griffin

Conservation Futures Project Manager

Joanne Griffin is a proud Olkola woman from central Cape York Peninsula. She has grown up living in the bush and has experience managing Indigenous land management projects in Cape York Peninsula. Through this experience she undertook a carbon internship which led to her working in the carbon project development and implementation space with a focus on Savanna Burning. Joanne believes First Nations knowledge and history needs to be respected and shared in culturally appropriate ways ensuring better outcomes for our future. She is currently working at Bush Heritage Australia as a Project Manager of Conservation Futures, which is a collaboration with the University of Melbourne. The Conservation Futures project aims to combine knowledge across sectors and incorporates cultural knowledge and perspectives right from the start. Ensuring more informed and inclusive decisions can be made regarding land management on Country. Further, the Conservation Futures knowledge system will  provide culturally safe and appropriate data storage and processes inline with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property principles. These principles are not entirely understood across sectors however, through this project Joanne hopes to show others that you can be inclusive and have positive outcomes socially and environmentally across sectors. 


See Joanne at the 2022 Better Futures Forum:

Tuesday 6th September, 4:00pm - 5:15pm AEST | Sector Workshops & Submissions: No Net Zero with Nature: How to plan land-use and scale up nature based solutions to help meet our Net Zero targets.