The 10 Deserts Project

Extending across ten deserts, these globally significant arid lands are home to an exceptional diversity of animals and plants including over 80 threatened plants and animals (such as bilbies and rock wallabies).  The area also has immense cultural value largely as a result of 50,000 years of continuous occupation by Indigenous people.  Despite being relatively intact, these unique desert ecosystems and the values they contain are under increasing threat due to inadequate resources for land management activities, invasive exotic weeds and introduced pests, changed fire regimes, climate change and the movement off country over the past 150 years of the lands’ traditional custodians.

The 10 Deserts Project, led by Desert Support Services, aims to build the capacity of Indigenous groups to look after country for a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes.

It will integrate contemporary natural resource management best-practice with traditional cultural and ecological knowledge and establish systems and approaches that will build environmental resilience across the desert landscape.

Underpinning the project is a focus on long-term financing and market enabling strategies and an active, representative network for Indigenous land management groups across the desert – the Indigenous Desert Alliance

Collaborative land management

The 10 Deserts Project is the largest connected network of protected areas in the world with 173 areas recognised as a part of the National Reserve System and the largest network of Indigenous-managed lands in the world with a total of 21 Indigenous Protected Areas.

The project provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate collective action to build environmental resilience at an unprecedented scale worldwide, led by Indigenous organisations with the support of external stakeholders.  Strategic collaborations and coordinated responses to key threats will be transformational in assisting Indigenous organisations to develop new and creative responses to challenges of low capacity and landscape scale management.

Steering Committee

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