The work of the Centre includes:

  • documentation of evidence supporting the best use of fire in the environments of north Australia and its regional neighbours to achieve specific landscape objectives, including greenhouse gas abatement and sequestration, improving pasture condition, enhanced biodiversity, improved safety from tropical wildfires, protection of cultural sites, promotion of traditional bush foods and maintenance of cultural traditions.
  • studies supporting preparation of methodologies under the Carbon Farming Initiative with particular relevance to northern and regional Australia
  • analysis supporting development and promotion of carbon management and offset policies favourable to Indigenous and non-Indigenous landholders in northern and regional Australia
  • research supporting Indigenous land owners, managers and ranger groups to:
    • enhance management of land, seas and natural and cultural resources
    • enter carbon markets and develop related enterprises
    • maintain management presence on lands and seas
  • carbon accounting services to the Northern Territory, other northern Australian jurisdictions, the Federal Government, and organisations (eg Northern Indigenous Environmental Services—NIES) as appropriate
  • formal recognition of indigenous land holders and promotion and application of their land management and indigenous environmental knowledge
  • supporting the operation and development of NAFI and related tools for fire information and analysis
  • supporting rural fire management agencies, conservation agencies and organisations, and indigenous ranger group operations through the provision of advice, fire mapping and analysis of fire regimes
  • supporting long-term monitoring of, and research studies concerning, the ecological effects of fire regimes
  • supporting assessments of, and developing additional opportunities in, payment for environmental services
  • developing methods of measuring and reporting environmental and social benefits from delivery of environmental services
  • complementary studies in neighbouring regions, and comparable international settings
  • management of related databases
  • supporting development of, and implementing appropriate training programs and educational opportunities (including fire management apprenticeships), particularly for remote communities and stakeholders
  • developing effective communications with, and disseminating information appropriately to all research partners and stakeholders
  • publication of all relevant materials to the benefit of the Centre and partner organisations in appropriate media
  • the development of apprenticeship programs in the environmental/spatial sciences, or other areas appropriate to the Centre, with an emphasis on young indigenous people


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