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Culture, Ecology and Economy of Savanna Fire Management in Northern Australia: rekindling the Wurrk tradition

Russell-Smith, J, Whitehead, Peter J. and Cooke, P. M. (2009). Culture, Ecology and Economy of Savanna Fire Management in Northern Australia: rekindling the Wurrk tradition. Australia: CSIRO Publications.

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Author Russell-Smith, J
Whitehead, Peter J.
Cooke, P. M.
Title Culture, Ecology and Economy of Savanna Fire Management in Northern Australia: rekindling the Wurrk tradition
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publications
Publication Year 2009
ISBN 9780643094024   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 416
Total Pages 416
HERDC Category A3 - Book - Edited (internal)
Abstract The savannas of northern Australia are the most fire-prone part of a fire-prone continent. The savanna region comprises a third of the Australian landmass, of which roughly 20% is burned on average each year. Savanna fires currently contribute about 72% of national fire extent annually'the remainder comprising 26% from fires in central Australia and just 2% in the relatively densely populated southern Australia. While such observations have been documented in the scientific literature in recent years, issues surrounding the frequency, extent, environmental and social-cultural drivers, ecological requirements for, and greenhouse impacts of, savanna burning remain little understood or appreciated by Australian government institutions and the community at large. In particular, there has been no systematic exploration of the options available to savanna residents and users to assert control over the extent and frequency of fire to meet conservation and production goals. In 12 multi-authored chapters, this book documents key challenges and novel options for addressing chronic landscape-scale fire management issues in north Australian savannas through development of collaborative, cross-cultural "two toolkit" approaches, and commercially-supported environmental services programs.
 
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