From 14 – 24 May 2014, the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative (TKI) hosted a study tour for Brazilian Fire Managers in North Australia.
The Australian study tour was a collaborative effort between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH project for Improved Fire Management in Cerrado of Brazil and UNU’s International Savanna Fire Management Initiative.
The purpose of the study tour was to enable Brazilian delegates to learn and exchange on topics such as:
The study tour and learning exchange hosted 12 representatives, 9 from a range of federal and state agencies and parks in Brazil, and 3 representatives from GIZ. The group spent time with Indigenous Australians and the staff of Warddeken Land Management in West Arnhem Land, and heard from several agencies, scientists and organisations across the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The full itinerary included:
Brazil hosts a great variety of major ecosystem types encompassing the Amazon and Mata Atlantica forests, the Caatinga shrublands, the Cerrado savannahs, the unique wetland areas of the Pantanal and the Pampas grasslands. In the past decade fire has become one of the major challenges in and outside protected areas. However recognising also the beneficial effects of fire and the ecological role of fires, Brazil started to strengthen its approach in Integrated Fire Management (IFM) by integrating the various technical, ecological and social aspects of fire management into the overall protected area and land management approaches. To further advance the concept of Integrated Fire Management and to continue improving and mainstreaming IFM into management plans, the study tour enabled representatives from the Federal and State level government with responsibility for integrated fire management at the various administrative and implementation levels to view and learn about the Northern Australian fire management system.
For further information about the expansion of the Brazilian Cerrado project into indigenous lands following the Brazilian Fire Managers visit to North Australia see:
Northern Territory, Australia: Darwin, Kabulwarnamyo, Kakadu
Western Australia, Australia: Kununurra