Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Impact Excellence Medal
Introduced in 2018, the Impact Excellence Medal recognises a team that has created value and impact for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Awarded to enabling successful joint management at Arakwal National Park
This team has showed how Indigenous knowledge can be used with science to negotiate optimal solutions to complex environmental problems such as the care of the significant Byron Bay Orchid (Diuris byronensis) and its clay heath habitat. Supported through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environment Science Program the team has worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to apply the IUCN Green List standard to enable effective, equitable and successful co-management of significant places and habitats.