Indigenous Australians are sharing their world-leading savanna fire management practices through Australia’s $3.87 million International Savanna Fire Management Initiative.
The approach blends traditional knowledge with satellite technology to reduce greenhouse emissions and improve land management. The Kimberly Land Council is exporting this technology, initially through a pilot for Botswana’s Okavango-Zambezi region, which is among the most badly affected areas in the world by savanna fires.
These fires destroy infrastructure, stagnate economic productivity and emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. The project helped the Government of Botswana to develop emissions measuring techniques. It provides opportunities for Australian Indigenous fire management workers to share their expertise overseas and to utilise Australia’s emissions accounting and reporting capabilities.
The carbon-farming projects in the northern part of Western Australia are being held up as an example of world-leading practice that combines spaceage technology - satellite monitoring - with the traditional knowledge of Indigenous people.
The Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund has fostered and deployed a carbon credits accounting system utilising Indigenous fire management techniques.
Under the fund, Indigenous rangers, pastoralists and land managers receive Australian Carbon Credit Units for reducing emissions from savanna fires across northern Australia.