Australia’s indigenous communities light a fire on climate change

An early dry season controlled burn (which burns cooler then those conducted later in the dry season) in savanna woodlands at Fish River Station. Fish River Station is a 700 square mile area in northern Australia. Situated alongside the Daly River, the re

Indigenous groups in Australia are mitigating carbon emissions from their land by setting fire to it. Drawing on 10,000 years of traditional fire management knowledge, indigenous rangers deploy a program of prescribed burning early in the dry season to pre-empt larger, more intense wildfires late in the season, which would result in considerably more greenhouse gas emissions, as well as threats to human safety and the unique wildlife of northern Australia.

Read the full case study from The Nature Conservancy Australia here.