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10 Deserts Project News

MARCH 2020

COVID-19 & 10 Deserts Project Activities

The 10 Deserts Project is being cautionary in its approach as the pandemic is constantly evolving. We are postponing our on-ground project activities and cancelling non essential travel, as the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, project partners, staff and associates is critical.

We have been in contact with our Indigenous project partners and at this time the majority of Aboriginal communities are restricting travel to essential travel only in order to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

We will continue having discussions with our Indigenous project partners and hope that we will be able to reschedule our planned activities for some time later in the year.  We will provide updates as soon as possible.

Stay safe and look after each other.

A long hot summer

It’s been a long and difficult summer for much of eastern and southern Australia, with the horrific bushfires devastating cultural values, communities and ecosystems. The effects of this fire season are likely to be felt for generations: from the early spring fires that burnt the mountain rainforests of south-east Queensland, to the largest forest fires ever seen in New South Wales and Victoria, through to the damage caused to special places on Kangaroo Island and in the Stirling Ranges and Great Western Woodlands of Western Australia.

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Fire Management

10DP fire management officers have made a great started the year. A a seasonal fire calendar for the desert regions (above) has been produced in conjunction with traditional owners and rangers. The calendar provides information on general trends across the desert country, which can be used in each of the desert areas to start the discussion about variations specific to each desert country. The calendar can be used for planning highlighting good or bad times to conduct burning activities. if you could like a copy contact

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Savanna Fire Forum

18-19 February 2020

The North Australia & Rangelands Fire Information fire map infographics and fire history videos provide historical context to savanna fire management activities.

Fire management officers Gareth Catt and Tim Leane recently attended the Savanna Fire Forum in Darwin.

Over 300 people, attended the forum demonstrating how much momentum there is within the savanna carbon sector. Key issues discussed at the forum included:

  • carbon finance under the Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund
  • ranger groups and fire agencies updates on how they coped with last years weather and fires (including the impacts of climate change)
  • further potential for remote sensing to assist with burn planning
  • biodiversity and burning opportunities and risks
  • ranger exchanges from Northern Australia to Botswana to name a few.

Presentations featuring desert country were part of the forum program - Gareth Catt presented 10DPs fire strategy and activities as well as the outcomes of our recent desert carbon fire feasibility study. Stella Shipway, Shequiel Patch and Annette Williams presented Birriliburu's fire program - both were well received.

The North Australia & Rangelands Fire Information fire map infographics and fire history videos provide historical context to savanna fire management activities.

Regional Indigenous Tourism

The 10DP has been working on a range of activities to build on its regional Indigenous tourism strategy. This includes:

  • World Indigenous Tourism Conference 6-9 April, Perth
  • exploring funding opportunities
  • tourism research
  • developing a portal/website.
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Feral Camels

The 10DP recently provided support to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands executive to carry out feral camel removal operations. Over six days in late January, more than 5,000 feral camels were humanly culled to reduce the damage that they were causing to cultural sites, the environment and the community infrastructure, and to address the distress the animals were experiencing due to lack of water. The decision to cull feral camels was made by the community as there were no other realistic options available that would quickly reduce the damage being caused the feral camels.

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Indigenous Desert Alliance

The 10 Deserts Project is pleased to be supporting the IDA for the following events...

IDA Conference 2020
9-12 November 2020

Will be held at the Voyages Conference Centre Yulara, Uluru.

Attendees arrive Monday 9 November, with the conference starting Tuesday 10 November 2020 through to (and including) Thursday 12 November 2020.

Southern Desert Ranger Forum
April/May 2020

For the first time with SDRF will be held in South Australia (north of Ceduna) and hosted by Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation.

IDA Conference Yulara 2019 video

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The 10 Deserts Project acknowledges the traditional owners of the country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.