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The Gamay Initiative

The Gamay Initiative brings together expertise from a range of disciplines to promote science and management in Gamay (Botany Bay) that protects biodiversity and ecosystem functioning whilst meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of humans now and into the future.


The aim of the Gamay Initiative is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between different stakeholder groups. These collaborations drive innovative scientific research across a range of programs to inform policy, management actions and general understanding of this important urban coastal waterway.

About Gamay

Botany Bay, or Gamay (alternatively spelt Kamay) as it is called by First Nations people of Australia is a coastal urban waterway of immense social, cultural and ecological value.  The waters of Gamay have been fished and farmed by First Nations people of Gamay for tens of thousands of years. The bay is also where British explorers first arrived in Australia in 1770, and since this time has become a hub for industrialisation and human modification. Gamay‚Äôs long and complex history with humans means that successful and sustainable management requires consideration of the often competing interests of many different stakeholders including; government, industry, national and international transport, recreational users, residents, local Indigenous communities and the environment.  By providing a collaborative platform of engagement for Gamay stakeholders, the Gamay Initiative aims to incorporate scientific knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge from First Nations people of Gamay to provide data and expertise that will enhance ecosystem health and support sustainable management of urban coastal waterways.

The Initiative Leadership Team

The Gamay initiative is intended as a framework for collaboration towards the common goal of a sustainable Gamay ecosystem. The leadership team works to develop funded projects within the initiative but importantly also to build collaborative opportunities for other relevant projects within Gamay which are run by others.

Prof Paul Gribben, UNSW Sydney

A/Prof Will Figueira, University of Sydney

A/Prof. Katherine Dafforn, Macquarie University

Prof Martina Doblin, UTS & Director/CEO of SIMS

Prof Will Glamore, UNSW Sydney (Water Reasearch Lab)