For tens of thousands of years, our ancestors used fire to hunt, cook and to regenerate the land.
Northern Australia’s tropical savanna is one of the most fire prone landscapes in the world.
Our ancestors managed savanna areas through deliberate and skilful fire management - as the wet season subsided and vegetation began to dry, they strategically burned areas to protect the country from wildfire.
After colonisation, this fire management regime became neglected and huge uncontrollable wildfires swept across the land - and damaging everything in their path.
But thanks to carbon for savanna fire management, we are reclaiming proper fire management for Jawoyn land.
Today, we employ the same techniques as our ancestors - burning areas in the early dry season to reduce wildfires and refresh country. But we also use the latest in modern technology to plan and strategically manage fire.
Jawoyn Rangers conduct aerial and on-ground burning to prevent late season wildfires and reduce overall carbon emissions.
In April 2017, Jawoyn rangers became responsible for managing fire in Nitmiluk National Park.
JAWOYN FIRE PROJECT
The Jawoyn Fire Project is an Australian government- approved project that recognises the carbon credits we produce by reducing wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic, controlled savanna burning.
The fire project’s benefits reach far and wide. It reduces harmful emissions, protects important wildlife and delivers significant social, cultural and economic benefits.
We offer a certified environmental offsets service that enables individuals and organisations to offset carbon emissions from their activities and events.
This is a unique opportunity to help create a better future for Indigenous Australians and our environment.
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Jawoyn Fire Project
The Jawoyn Fire Project is an Australian government- approved project that recognises the carbon credits we produce by reducing wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic, controlled savanna burning.Download PDF
Jawoyn were an early participant in carbon economy.
Together with four other Arnhem Land ranger groups - Wardekken, Mimal, Djelk and Ardjamarlarl - we contributed to the successful West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) project, which pioneered the savanna burning approach to emissions reduction.
From 2006, we worked with scientists and landowners across Arnhem Land to determine how traditional fire management reduces uncontrollable wildfires and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
The Australian Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) recognised our approach to early dry season savanna burning and approved a methodology to calculate carbon credits.