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Project Areas


The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) in collaboration with partner organisations are currently developing five landscape-scale savanna fire management projects focused on pursuing carbon trading opportunities for Indigenous land managers.

These fire abatement projects build on the work and research done for the successful West Arnhem Fire Management Agreement (WAFMA) and lessons learnt from the West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement project (WALFA).

The West Arnhem Fire Management Agreement was brokered in 2006 by traditional Aboriginal land owners, the Northern Territory Government, the Northern Land Council, Tropical Savannas CRC and ConocoPhillips to offset some of the greenhouse gas emissions generated at ConocoPhillips’ liquefied natural gas plant in Darwin Harbour. This agreement recognises the significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through savanna fire management carried out by Indigenous ranger groups, and for a period of 17 years, ConocoPhillips pays around $1million a year to the WALFA project to provide this fire management service.

Savanna Fire Management Projects areas are located in

  • North Kimberley region, Western Australia
  • Daly River region, Northern Territory
  • Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
  • Gulf of Carpentaria region, Northern Territory and Queensland
  • Western Cape York, Queensland

For further information on the regional partners and projects please check out the following websites:

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The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) project was the first Savanna Fire Management project using traditional fire managem