The Australian desert ecosystems and the significant cultural values they contain are under increasing threat posed by large-scale hot fires, feral animals, invasive plants and visitor impact.

The project is a unique and necessary Indigenous-led partnership. It 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.

It demonstrates that landscape conservation on a grand scale, across multiple land tenures and jurisdictional boundaries is possible, and indeed strengthened, through local ownership and collaboration around a shared vision.

The project aims to build the capacity of Indigenous people and organisations  to ensure healthy country, healthy people and a strong Indigenous voice for the desert.

Click on the boxes below to discover more about our current project activities.

Supporting ranger teams Supporting ranger teams Learning, sharing & exchange Fire Management Fire management Feral camels Buffel grass Carbon and co-benefits Tourism Indigenous knowledge
"In traditional times there were no borders like now – no states and territories; no native title borders and different groups drawing lines. This project removes those borders so that we can work together to keep country and people healthy. It is an ambitious project that we are keen to do." Nyaparu Rose, Nyangumarta Warrarn Elder
10 Deserts Project steering committee member
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