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Banksia Award for West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project (2011)

  • Author:  NAILSMA
  • The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) partnership was awarded the Caring for Country Indigenous Award at the Banksia Awards ceremony in Sydney on 28 October 2011.

    In accepting the award, widely known as Australia's 'environmental Oscars', on behalf of five Indigenous ranger groups, Dean Yibarbuk, a director of Warddeken Land Management, said, "The use of two toolboxes - one based on Indigenous tradition and the other with roots in science - allowed us to bring wildfire back under control in western and central Arnhem Land."
    The project set an annual target of 100,000 tonnes of Co2 abatement but in the five years to 2010 it actually abated 707,000 tonnes - a 140% result against the target!
    Read more in the Media Release and submission extract
    Read more about the Banksia Awards on the Banksia Evironmental Foundation website


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