About our projects.
Indigenous fire management projects involve not only revitalising Indigenous fire management practice but measuring the benefits for climate, biodiversity and communities.
Depending on a range of factors, Indigenous fire management projects can be supported through engagement in carbon markets, including the voluntary market, or through other means such as direct corporate funding or access to public assistance.
In most cases, initial financial assistance and external expertise is required in order to establish the local scientific methodologies, the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) technologies and systems, business and governance frameworks, regulatory environment, human capacity, and market opportunities that support ISFMI projects.
The ISFMI model is to partner with communities to provide such support until they reach the point they no longer need external support, and are independently operating sustainable, community owned and led Indigenous fire management projects. ISFMI activities are undertaken only where there is national support and strong, independently expressed demand at the community level, with robust Free, Prior and Informed Consent protocols in place.
Where we work.
The ISFMI aims to support Indigenous Fire Management wherever Indigenous communities wish to revitalise their Indigenous fire management practice.
Following a global feasibility assessment, a methodology based Indigenous Fire Management approach, similar to that in use in Australia, has been shown to be applicable across the savanna and tropical dry forest landscapes of Southern Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. These are the current ISFMI priority regions.
Notwithstanding the established feasibility of the technology in these ecosystem types, Indigenous communities from many other regions of the world, from California, to the Arctic, to central and east Asia, are revitalising their traditional fire knowledge and practice. Over time, it is expected that the ISFMI will work with such communities to develop, expand and modify the scientific methods, monitoring, verification and other systems so that they are equally available for application in a wider range of regions.
Currently, the ISFMI is implementing proof of concept activities in Southern Africa, with three pilot site projects in Botswana, and initial steps towards other potential sites in adjacent Southern African countries and other world regions ongoing.