From 18 – 21 May 2015, the United Nations University (UNU) Traditional Knowledge Initiative (TKI) co-hosted a series of savanna fire management activities in conjunction with the local organisation CIS Timor:
The Asia Regional Workshop included a field visit to key savanna areas of West Timor and discussion on the physical and cultural aspects of fire management in the region.
The goals of both workshops were to:
Participants included representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
The workshops are an activity of the UNU TKI’s International Savanna Fire Management Initiative, supported by the Australian Government through its aid budget. The initiative aims to raise awareness globally of Australia’s experience in methodology based fire management and explore the feasibility of the approach as a tool for emissions reductions, biodiversity protection and creating sustainable livelihoods opportunities for indigenous and local communities in fire dependent landscapes globally.