Desert Fire Program

The IDA fire program supports Indigenous-led fire management in the Australian deserts. Aboriginal people have managed their country for thousands of years and fire has been their primary tool.

Their methodical and expert use of fire diversified the spinifex grasslands of the desert, resulting in a patchwork of fire scars and vegetation regrowth that promoted biodiversity and mitigated the impact of bushfires. As Aboriginal people moved off their traditional lands, the cessation of traditional burning resulted in an altered fire regime characterised by large, frequent, and hot bushfires.

The fire program aims to promote a fire regime reflective of traditional practice through the application of collaborative, landscape-scale, Indigenous-led fire management. It does so by providing capacity building, operational, and project management support to desert-based Indigenous ranger groups.

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