GALLERY: Native wisdom
As Australian industries grow increasingly concerned with conservation, scientists, government agencies, and companies are turning to Aboriginal Australians for their ancient knowledge of living on and with the land. Drawing on ancient traditions, Indigenous communities are providing innovative solutions in farming, healthcare, land management, and conservation.
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Carbon offset program
Warddeken rangers use rakes and leaf blowers as part of their fire management on the western Arnhem Land plateau in northern Australia. From left to right: Keith Nadjamerreck, Ray Nadjamerreck, Bernard Garnarradj, Zacariah Namarnyilk, Ted Maralngurra.
In 2006, traditional land owners founded the WALFA (West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement) project with the Northern Land Council, the Northern Territory government and multinational energy corporation ConocoPhillips. The Warddeken people are one of five Aboriginal communities in the Arnhem area that offset carbon through traditional savannah burning practices, the first program of its type.
Collectively, the land owners will $1 million a year for 17 years.