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Martu country in the Western Desert is a place of global conservation significance, rich in biodiversity and cultural value. Spanning an area twice the size of Tasmania, Martu country includes parts of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts.
Martu people have maintained a strong physical and cultural connection to their country for thousands of years right through to the present day. While they have the knowledge and skills to look after country, they lacked the support to carry out this important work in their communities. That’s why The Nature Conservancy working in partnership with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (representing Martu interests) and BHP , formed the Martu Living Deserts (Warrarnpa Kana) Project in 2011. Over the years since then the project has assisted Martu people continue their remarkable connection to country combining modern science with Indigenous ecological knowledge.
The project supported Martu ranger teams:
In 2018, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa joined forces with a range of other Indigenous organisations representing Traditional Owners of desert country to form the 10 Deserts Project. With $21 million in funding from the BHP Billiton Foundation and support from a range of NGOs (including The Nature Conservancy), the project creates the largest Indigenous-led connected conservation network on Earth – spanning 2.7 million square kilometres or one-third of Australia! You can read more about the launch of this project here.
We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land we help to conserve and pay respect to their Elders both past and present.
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