We’re turning flames into futures.

At The Nature Conservancy we do things a little differently. When Australia’s northern savannas were being ravaged by wildfires, we turned to the knowledge of the land’s Traditional Owners. Indigenous Australians have protected their land for millennia with controlled burning. They knew that by burning vegetation in cooler months they could prevent large wildfires spreading across the landscape, encouraging healthy regrowth, sustaining bush food sources, protecting cultural sites and at the same time, looking after wildlife habitat.

This ancient knowledge also solves a modern problem: small, cool fires release much less greenhouse gases than large hot ones. We’re working with Indigenous communities across northern Australia to bring back traditional fire management while creating income and employment for Indigenous people.

The result: healthy country, less greenhouse gases and thriving communities.

That’s fighting fire with fire.

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5% by 2020

Australia aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below 2000 levels by 2020

50,000 years

The estimated period of time Indigenous Australians have been managing country with fire

Controlled burning

Controlled burning

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