Early dry season savanna burning on Fish River in the Northern Territory has been scientifically proven to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise be generated each year by uncontrolled, late dry season wild fires.
The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) was responsible for developing the Carbon Farming (Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Early Dry Season Savanna Burning) Methodology used on Fish River. NAILSMA and project partner, The Nature Conservancy, helped develop the project, together with funding from the Caring for our Country program.
Indigenous rangers combine traditional burning knowledge with modern technology to help address climate change, generate a new income stream for future land management and provide paid environmentally-based jobs for Indigenous people.
Fish River is a culturally significant landscape for the Labarganyan, Wagiman, Malak Malak and Kamu people who are the Traditional Owners of the property. The Indigenous Land Corporation is working with the Northern Land Council and an Indigenous Advisory Group to establish an appropriate Aboriginal corporation to which the property will be granted.
Fish River is a largely pristine 178,000 hectare property located in the Daly River Catchment of the Northern Territory.