Participatory and Intercultural Fire Management

The aim of this project is to develop a ‘case’ for integrating Indigenous fire practices within government fire management policy by combining existing data from experimental burns and participatory research on Indigenous land practice knowledges, and collecting new data on fire impact inside and outside Indigenous lands, and stakeholder perspectives.

We hope to build a network of academics, practitioners and Indigenous leaders who are critically engaged in the analysis and implementation of Indigenous fire management for social-ecological sustainability. Dissemination of the research will include academic publications, a policy booklet, seminars, workshops, website, and participatory films in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The project will:

  • organise workshops to share lessons and perspectives;
  • collate secondary data;
  • facilitate Indigenous participatory video projects on fire management;
  • use remote sensing data to develop vegetation/fuel type maps based on Indigenous knowledge to assess fire extent and impact;
  • undertake a series of focus groups and interviews with decision-makers.
  • Location Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana
  • Collaborators Royal Holloway University of London (UK), Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), The Open University (UK)
  • Funding The British Academy (UK)
  • Service provided Research, Implementation
  • Project COBRA