Nobodyz Trash: Indigenous Marine Debris Network
The Nobodyz Trash - Indigenous Marine Debris Network was initiated by managers of Gumma IPA, a protected area under the Australian Government's Indigenous Protected Areas Program in partnership with Conservation Biology Institute, Dolphin Research Australia, National Marine Science Centre at Southern Cross, Bag-a-surf Japan, Ghost Net Australia, and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. This project seeks to promote initiative and self-expression within Indigenous communities to address issues related to marine debris pollution.
Working with key international and domestic partners, the Nobodyz Trash team will identify challenges within Indigenous coastal communities and develop solutions that improve their livelihoods and future conditions.
- Engaging an international exchange of ideas through focused workshops, both in Australia (i.e. the World Indigenous Network in 2013) and the United States, establishing a framework for addressing marine plastic pollution and management in partnership with Indigneous coastal communities
- Developing an online spatial data and information sharing workspace on the web-platform Data Basin, so that community members can reference their own materials as well as others in the network
- Building a range of social, economic, and cultural solutions with Indigneous coastal communities to encourage meaningful and actionable ways to address marine plastic pollution