Case study: Indigenous savanna burning project, Cape York, North Queensland

Land and agriculture Far North Queensland

This project, managed by APN Cape York in partnership with the Queensland Government, is making use of traditional land management practices to limit greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of the environment in Cape York Peninsula.

High intensity and late dry season fires in Australia’s savannas are responsible for 3% of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions and can be devastating to the environment. Traditional Owners have managed the risk of late-season bushfires for thousands of years by burning savanna land early in the dry season. This practice reduces greenhouse emissions by instigating cool, lower-intensity fires when the vegetation still contains some moisture from the wet season.

Find out more about the Central Cape York Regional Savanna Fire Project.