The Australian experience has demonstrated the range of benefits that can accrue from traditional fire management.

  • Environmental benefits include: emissions reductions; bio-sequestration of carbon; biodiversity protection; and, landscape restoration.
  • Economic benefits include: income flows to indigenous communities; employment opportunities; and, capacity for entities requiring offsets to purchase from an ethical source that contributes to a range of positive social, environmental and economic outcomes.
  • Social benefits include: opportunities to exercise cultural obligations for fire management; capacity to stay on country and maintain kinship links; opportunities to be educated on country; meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities; recognition of indigenous expertise by the wider community; and, development of capacity by indigenous young people in fields such as business development, project management, environmental management and public engagement.

The precise nature and extent of these benefits in specific cases is described further under Indigenous Savanna Fire Management Projects