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What we do

The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) takes a whole of north, connected and strategic approach to the management of lands and seas in northern Australia.

We deliver large-scale and complex projects that combine science and research, Indigenous knowledge and practical delivery that produces cultural, envionmental and economic benefits for Indigenous people. Our track record has made NAILSMA a trusted partner of governments, businesses, researchers, philanthropic and non government organisations, delivering well over $30m in projects.

We regularly lead research to ensure its work remains up to date and effective, whilst advocating for policies, legislation and action that deliver the best possible results for Indigenous people across north Australia.

Our programs

We deliver the following programs:

All our programs combine the strengths of Indigenous Knowledge and connection with contemporary science. A positive example involves combining Indigenous knowledge of fire management with western science to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from savanna fires and enhance important cultural values.

These programs are designed to primarily benefit Indigenous Australians, who are responsible for managing over 40% of the land in north Australia and have interests in well over 80% of the north.

Underpinning the hands-on work we deliver is our research and outreach programs, focused on informing national public policy, the public and corporate sectors.

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