Despite having limited resources, Ten Deserts has managed to achieve some notable goals….
- Funding secured for 2015
– $5000 Rangelands NRM (WA),
– $5000 Department Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
– $32 000 Pew Charitable Trusts
– Employment of 0.2 FTE Coordinator (Jimmy Cocking – Arid Lands Environment Centre)
– Organisation of a face-to-face workshop in Alice Springs adjacent to the Rangelands Society Conference in April 2015
- Hosted 6 x Working Group Phone-Link Up meetings with up to 12 people participating across 5 time zones
- Initiated Buffel Free GVD Working Group Phone Link Up meeting with 9 different organisations represented across the SA/WA border – December 2015
- Developed agreed purpose and principles
- Website developed – http://www.tendeserts.org
- Attended cross-border meetings supporting collaboration
– Participated in Landscape Scale Conservation Workshop at Rangelands NRM (WA) in Perth – late June 2014
– Participated in Working on Desert Country workshop in Sydney – November 2014
– Attended the Indigenous Desert Alliance meeting in Perth – November 2015
- Organised Face-to-face meeting and workshop in Alice Springs – with 33 people from 22 organisations attending – April 2015
- Identified key priorities for Ten Deserts – A Buffel-free Great Victoria Desert and sharp focus on developing a framework for cross-border and cross-tenure fire planning and management are the two major priorities.
- Base level funding secured for Coordinator (0.5FTE) for 2016 and 2017.
– $60 000 pa for 2 years pending matching funds in first year from Pew Charitable Trusts
– $30 000 for 2016 from The Nature Conservancy.
- Workplan developed for 2016-17 with a focus on large, impactful collaborative, cross-border and cross-tenure projects – #BuffelFreeGVD and
It is exciting times as the Ten Deserts is building support and coordinating collective action on a massive scale. Fire is key to the health of our landscapes and livelihoods in this country, if we can all start to see it as a tool rather than a threat – then we can start moving forward together.
In 2016 Ten Deserts will:
– organise a face to face meeting for partners and working group members
– catalyse action on regional fire management and planning
– develop the Buffel Free GVD into a series of funded projects
– survey land managers and stakeholders to identify current and emerging issues on the land
-organise the on-country Desert Fire Forum and Workshop for 2017 and;
– raise the profile of Australia’s ten deserts and the surrounding arid lands.