Southern Aurukun Savanna Burning Project

Southern Aurukun Savanna Burning Project


  • ACCUs
  • 59,738 tonnes CO2-e (total)
  • Private Market and Clean Energy Regulator
  • Queensland
  • Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation
  • Aak Puul Ngantam Cape York (APN Cape York)
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About the Project

The Southern Aurukun Savanna Burning Project combines traditional knowledge — how to read country and knowing when to burn — with high-tech hardware — helicopters, fireballs and leaf blowers — to ensure traditional patchwork burning is restored in the right way and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced on Wik and Kugu country.

The project is carried out by the Rangers at Aak Puul Ngantam Cape York (APN Cape York). ‘Aak Puul Ngantam’ means “our father’s father’s country” and refers directly to ancestral homelands. APN Cape York is a not-for-profit, and registered charity organisation. All funds from the carbon project are reinvested back into operations, capacity building and infrastructure development.

Greenhouse gases emitted from savanna fires make up 3% of Australia’s total emissions. Savanna burning projects undertaken by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal rangers reduce GHG emissions by undertaking cool, lower intensity fires in the early dry season when the vegetation still contains some moisture from the wet season. This reduces the GHG emitted from high intensity, unmanaged fire in the late dry season when the country is dry.

Project Benefits

Traditional Owners always say managing country is more important than the carbon credits. In addition to the carbon abatement the project is delivering ‘core benefits’ to country:
• Managing country the right way
• Revitalising connection to country
• Improving corridors to take pressure off wildlife
• Building new fire skills and experience for APN Rangers
• Employing new trainee rangers who are Traditional Owners
• Rejuvenating the outstation maintenance program
• Supporting a school camp for Year 6 students of Aurukun School to connect kids to country.
Overall, the project helps fulfil the Wik and Kugu vision of sustaining their values and culture through healthy country and resilient, engaged communities.

  • Contact

    Jeremy Dore, Project Adviser, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

  • Telephone

    0400 250 714