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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous traditional knowledge could play key role in fighting bushfires

Date posted: 25 October 2013

Indigenous land management group, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, says traditional knowledge about Indigenous fire management techniques could help prevent the huge bushfires seen in New South Wales and Victoria.

Although traditional fire management techniques are practiced elsewhere in Australia, it's the south-eastern part of the continent that is effected by major blazes on a regular basis.

The CEO of the Alliance, Joe Morrison, says there may be a role for Indigenous Australians to play in helping to decrease the threat of fire and fire damage in regional Australia.

Morrison says Aboriginal people have a wealth of knowledge of fire and land management that is currently under utilised. 'Well I think there's an enormous opportunity for Aboriginal people from the north to help share their information and knowledge with anyone.'

Source: SBS News



Last updated: 25 October 2013
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