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Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It’s time to consider similar approaches for other disasters

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Bushfire prevention Bushfires Indigenous knowledge First Peoples land management Northern Territory
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This article explores how blending modern scientific knowledge with traditional Indigenous land management practices can reduce bushfire risk.

Northern Australia is by far the most fire-prone region of Australia, with enormous bushfires occurring annually across thousands of square kilometres. Many of these vast, flammable landscapes have precious few barriers to slow down a fire. Infrastructure and resources are limited, and people are widely dispersed across the region.

Charles Darwin University’s Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research has been working with Indigenous land managers, conservation, research and government organisations in northern Australia for the last 25 years to find more effective ways to manage wildfires.

These collaborations have led to a new approach, blending modern scientific knowledge with traditional Indigenous land management practices to reduce bushfire risk.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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