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Fire Management

Participatory and Intercultural Fire Management

Integrating Indigenous and academic knowledge into a sustainable fire management policy

The aim of this project is to develop a ‘case’ for integrating Indigenous fire practices within government fire management policy by combining existing data from experimental burns and participatory research on Indigenous land practice knowledges, and collecting new data on fire impact inside and outside Indigenous lands, and stakeholder perspectives.

It will incorporate lessons from the RISK and APOK projects led by Prof. Bibiana Bilbao (focusing on formulating effective fire management in Canaima National Park, Venezuela, validating traditional Indigenous knowledge through ecological experiments), Project COBRA led by Dr Mistry (investigating Indigenous solutions to natural resource management through visual methods in South America) and Project Kremkrem project led by Dr Mistry (integrating Indigenous knowledge into decision support systems for fire management in the Amazon).

We hope to build a network of academics, practitioners and Indigenous leaders who are critically engaged in the analysis and implementation of Indigenous fire management for social-ecological sustainability. Dissemination of the research will include academic publications, a policy booklet, seminars, workshops, website, and participatory films in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Over three years, January 2015 to December 2017, and focusing on Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, we will be:

  • organizing workshops to share lessons and perspectives;
  • collating secondary data;
  • facilitating small Indigenous participatory video projects on fire management;
  • using remote sensing data to develop vegetation/fuel type maps based on Indigenous knowledge to assess fire extent and impact, and;
  • undertaking a series of focus groups and interviews with decision-makers.

This project is supported by the British Academy, UK.

QUICK DOWNLOAD: Check out the English version of the COBRA Handbook for Practitioners.