Integrating Indigenous fire practices within government fire management policy

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This photostory reveals the scenes and activities of the first meeting of the “Participatory and Intercultural Fire Management Network” that took place over four days in July 2015 at the Parupa scientific station, Parque Nacional Canaima, Venezuela:

This workshop joined together 60 participants, belonging to more than 25 government and academic institutions and indigenous communities from Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. This was a wonderful experience, which pioneered the intercultural and participatory of fire management approach and the integration of these Guiana regions with high cultural and biological diversity.

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Bibiana Bilbao is Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. Her research is on tropical savannas, fire ecology, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation change. She has also a long professional experience working on ecological and human dimensions of fire management with Indigenous communities in tropical ecosystems of Venezuela, particularly the Pemón of the Canaima National Park. She is willing to further the development of more effective, socially just and culturally sensitive policies for intercultural and participatory governance of Integrated Fire Management (MIF) in Venezuela, Brazil and other countries of South America such as Bolivia and Argentina.