This project aims to explore how to proactively manage fire risk in order to maximise the protection of biodiversity and traditional resource use by Indigenous communities. A pilot study in the Capoto-Jarina Indigenous Territory of the Xingu River catchment Mato Grosso, Brazil, is investigating how to integrate real-time data on traditional practices and landscape variables through the use of geographical information devices and participatory video.

Indigenous researchers of the Caiapó Mebéngôkré Metuktire group, are using handheld mapping and video devices to record and monitor the distribution and extent of wildfires entering and degrading their land, and sustainable forms of traditional fire management. This information will be corroborated with data from large-scale fire monitoring through satellite remote sensing.

Project Kremkrem further develops the participatory video techniques tested in COBRA through the use of tablet handheld devices, while at the same time strengthens local Indigenous solutions of fire management for environmental management.

  • Location Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Collaborators Royal Holloway University of London (UK), The Open University (UK), Instituto Raoni (Brazil), Corpo do Bombeiros (Brazil), Universidade de Brasília (Brazil)
  • Funding The Woodspring Trust (UK)
  • Service provided Research, Training
  • Project COBRA