A new seed bank project is underway in the Kimberley region aimed at teaching ranger groups to collect, store, and propagate culturally significant seeds and endangered plants so their genes can be stored forever.
Nyul Nyul, Karajarri and Bardi Jawi Oorany rangers have been involved in the project along with conservation organisation Environs Kimberley. As scientific knowledge about the seeds of the Kimberley is still limited, and many plants are struggling due to fires and climate change, it of critical to collect and store significants seeds for further research and future use. Find out more about the project in this ABC1 coverage here:
It is great to see projects like this develop and increase in the Kimberley. They involve local ranger groups and combine traditional knowledge with western science in order to protect the Kimberley’s biodiversity. The more initiatives like this one can be carried out, the better for country and people!