Indigenous rangers are on the front-line of conservation and protection of the environment. Ranger programs have wide ranging social, cultural and economic benefits.
The 10 Deserts Project aims to support Indigenous ranger teams by:
- strengthening governance, capacity and funding of Indigenous groups for managing country
- assisting emerging Indigenous ranger teams and protected areas
- sponsoring regional activities or collaborations to increase capacity for small groups to participate in fire management, feral camel controls and other natural resource management activities
- assisting ranger groups to have access to annual training.
New ranger teams
Emerging Indigenous ranger teams will be supported to become advanced in land management practices. Initial priority groups identified include four in the Central Land Council area and one each in Desert Support Services, Kimberley Land Council and Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board areas.
A total of 11 emerging groups are proposed to be supported throughout the course of the project.
Funding provided through this project activity is for three years and will allow for the development and implementation of land management plans (referred to as healthy country plans) or equivalent. Groups will be required to collect threatened fauna species information and develop a strategy to find longer-term funding from other sources.The five-year outcomes of this activity will be an increase in established Indigenous ranger teams funded through other sources to look after another 20 million hectares of desert country and increasing maturity of emerging teams.
Read more about the new ranger teams we are supporting.