Connecting the world’s Indigenous people through forging stronger networks has been one of our priorities at the Kimberley Land Council.
Through connecting with Indigenous land and sea managers from across the globe, we can share stories, conservation models, successes, failures and social achievements so we can continually improve the work we do in the Kimberley.
Our idea for an international network started to gain momentum when the Australian Government hosted the World Indigenous Network Conference in 2013 in collaboration with New Zealand, Brazil and Norway.
The aim of the WIN Conference was to showcase the important role Indigenous people play in the protection and management of the world’s natural resources through using their traditional knowledge, cultural values and strong connection to country.
Through the sharing of experiences, the conference highlighted the value of having Indigenous people involvement in land management and the necessary role they play. The Equator Initiative has taken carriage of the WIN network and is continuing to connect Indigenous people from across the world through coordinating knowledge exchanges, forums and discussions.
Indigenous-led conservation initiatives are collectively having a major impact in mitigating environmental challenges while leading a new frontier in global preservation and cultural maintenance.
Since the WIN conference, we have continued to build strong networks with Indigenous people from across the globe. Through attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2014, we were able to connect with Indigenous people from Tanzania, Spain, New Zealand and the Pacific to form long-lasting friendships.
International Savanna Fire Management Initiative Botswana Pilot Project
In 2013 Australian Aid provided the United Nations University with funds to develop the International Savanna Fire Management Initiative and explore the feasibility of adapting Australia’s savanna burning technology for Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Kimberley Land Council is a lead project partner in the initiative, which was announced at COP 23 (Conference of the Parties) in Bonn, Germany. The project is the result of national and international recognition of the knowledge of Australia’s first nations, particularly those from the Kimberley, in reducing carbon emissions through right-way fire.
The ground-breaking initiative will see the implementation of savanna burning at a series of pilot sites in Botswana.
With Federal Government funding of $3.87 million over four years, the project will help deliver savanna carbon abatement methodology suitable to the Botswana landscape.
The International Savanna Fire Management Initiative has found widespread interest as the technology could deliver the types of outcomes seen in Australia such as market based mitigation and adaptation, as well as economic and social benefits to poor and remote communities in fire dependent landscapes around the world.
For more information about the project check out the Firing up for Climate Change booklet on the KLC website.
Click here to visit the ISFMI website for more information.
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