The International Savanna Management Initiative participated in a workshop in Kavanazén, Venezuela on the 8th to 11th July 2015, titled ‘Building the case for integrating Indigenous and academic knowledge into a participatory and sustainable fire management policy’.
This workshop was an activity of a joint project of Professor Bibiana Bilbao of the Universidad Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Dr. Jay Mistry, and is funded by the UK’s British Academy. The aim of this project was 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. The workshop brought together indigenous representatives, NGOs and academics from across Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.
The report and photos of the workshop are available for download and the event was covered in the Venezuelan media.