Forest fire prevention through empowering indigenous communities

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Publicado: 29 Noviembre 2021
Última edición: 29 Noviembre 2021
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Summary

The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation is an indigenous-led organisation that re-introduced cultural burning to increase the resilience of fire-prone landscapes in Australia. Australia's expanding urban areas and cities are vulnerable to impacts of bushfires such as fire damage, smoke hazards, and biodiversity loss. The Firestick Alliance empowers Aboriginal communities in fire management and teaches vulnerable communities to protect themselves and their living environment. Ancient burning techniques are introduced to reduce hazardous fires, such as burning small forest patches with low intensity early in the fire season. They also developed the "Yugul Mangi Fire and Seasons Calendar" in collaboration with scientists, Indigenous Elders, and rangers. The calendar presents biocultural indicators that guide fire management, planning, and transfer of indigenous knowledge.

Clasificaciones

Region
Oceanía
Scale of implementation
Nacional
Ecosystem
Area-wide development
Bosque templado caducifolio
Desierto caliente
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de pastizales
Ecosistemas del desierto
Ecosistemas forestales
Pastizales templados, sabana, matorral
Pradera tropical, sabana, matorral
Selva baja caducifolia
Theme
Actores locales
Conocimientos tradicionales
Cultura
Especies y la extinción
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Gestión de fuego
Manejo de bosques
Medios de vida sostenibles
Poblaciones indígenas
Reducción de desastres
Restauracion
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Comunicación de riesgos, participación de la comunidad y cambio de comportamiento
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Resilience and disaster risk management
Challenges
Sequía
Calor extremo
Incremento de temperatura
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Fuegos silvestres
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Deficiente gobernanza y participación
Sustainable development goals
ODS 10- Reducción de las desigualidades
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
Aichi targets
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 3: Incentivos reformados
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 10: Ecosistemas vulnerables al cambio
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 18: Conocimiento tradicional
Marco de Sendai
Meta 2: Reducir el número de personas afectadas a nivel global para 2030
Meta 4: Reducir los daños de desastres a la infraestructura crítica y los trastornos a los servicios básicos como las instalaciones educativas y de salud, incluyendo el desarrollo de su resiliencia para 2030.

Ubicación

Australia

Impacts

The alliance empowers and enables Aboriginal and local communities to build healthy, functional, and fire-resilient landscapes. The communities bring valuable knowledge but play an active role in decision-making and capacity building.

 

The Firesticks Alliance facilitates training and scientific monitoring to establish a greater understanding of cultural burning for improved ecosystems and safety management. It provides recognition for traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Additionally, specific workshops are organised to harness women's expertise and engage youth.

 

Implementing cultural burning enhances ecosystem and community health by improving habitat conditions, connectivity and reducing fire hazards. It allows for moving away from conventional 'hazard reduction burning' to burning that involves knowledge on biodiversity (e.g., considering what species are flowering, fruiting, or shedding leaves) to decide where and when to burn. The alliance also supports communities affected by fire hazards and trains them to be more resilient for future fire risks.

 

Lastly, through the involvement of the Firesticks Alliance in governmental agencies, fire authorities, and landowners, indigenous communities have been given a voice in the ongoing discussion on hazard reduction and nature conservation.

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