David Claudie is a Kuuku I’yu Northern Kaanju traditional owner and custodian of the northern Kaanju homelands, Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers, Cape York Peninsula in far North Queensland. He is the CEO and Chairperson of Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation, where he supports and facilitates homelands development, biocultural and natural resource management and sustainable economic development.
David has extensive experience in biocultural and natural resource management on Cape York. He has driven collaborative research between Indigenous science and knowledge and western science across a range of scientific fields. David is also co-author on a number of scientific publications. He has also written extensively on policy and procedure reform through submissions to reviews of acts and plans of government.
His leadership drove the declaration of the Kaanju Ngaachi Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers Indigenous Protected Area in 2008, the first IPA on Cape York.
David’s current projects include:-
Cultural heritage surveys and mapping – Kuuku I’yu Northern Kaanju Ngaachi
Implementation of the Kaanju Homelands IPA Management Plan
David is a member of the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP - IUCN), Cape York Peninsula Regional Advisory Committee (CYPRAC) and was a member of the Steering Committee for the formation of the Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd.