Desert Support Services
Desert Support Services (DSS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Desert Native Title Services – a statutory native title representative body that works with native title claimants and holding organisations (Prescribed Bodies Corporates or PBCs) across the WA desert region. It assists with leveraging native title rights to generate income and employment opportunities, the development of community and land management programs and the provision of corporate services to PBCs and other client organisations.
DSS will manage the 10 Deserts Project as well as support traditional owners in its area to engage with the project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, tourism, fire and feral camel management and other project activities.
Alinytjara Wiluṟara Natural Resource Management Board
Alinytjara Wiluṟara Natural Resource Management Board (AWNRMB) is a regional NRM body in South Australia’s north-west headed by an Indigenous board. Staffing is provided through the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources under a service level agreement.
AWNRMB will support traditional owners in its area to engage with the project in developing ranger teams, fire and feral camel management and buffel grass control as well as accessing training and other project activities.
Central Land Council
The Central Land Council (CLC) is a Commonwealth corporate entity under the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976 and a Native Title Representative Body under the Native Title Act 1993 covering the entire southern half of the Northern Territory – an area of some 780,000 km2.
CLC will support traditional owners in its area to engage with the project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, fire and feral camel management and other project activities. CLC will also manage the regional fire management project activity on behalf of the project.
Indigenous Desert Alliance
Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) is an unincorporated network of Indigenous land management organisations that work in the project area. The IDA aims to support Indigenous land managers to share information and innovation, develop regionally significant collaborative projects and advocate for investment in the desert region.
Once incorporated, the IDA will manage the capacity building project activities on behalf of the project including the annual IDA forum, on-country training for rangers and national and overseas visits to Indigenous ranger groups. Longer term it is expected that the IDA will take-over managing the project from DSS and be a strong authoritative and representative voice for Indigenous land management in the desert.
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) is a Martu organisation working in the Western Desert neighbouring BHP’s Pilbara iron ore operations. KJ works to support Martu culture and heritage, build sustainable communities and provide healthy pathways for their young people.
KJ will support Martu in its area to engage with the project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, fire and feral camel management and other project activities. KJ will lead the feral camel management project activities on behalf of the project.
The Kimberley Land Council
The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) is the peak Indigenous body in the Kimberley region working with Aboriginal people to secure native title recognition, conduct conservation and land management activities and develop cultural business enterprises.
KLC will support traditional owners in its area to engage with the project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, tourism, fire and feral camel management and other project activities. The project will also utilise KLC’s experience in the development of new revenue streams from carbon credits and co-benefits.
Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation
Arid Lands Environment Centre
Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc. (ALEC) is central Australia’s own environmental organisation. Founded in 1980, ALEC is a strong and trusted voice for the conservation and responsible management of the land, water and natural resources of arid Australia. ALEC’s vision is ‘healthy futures for arid lands and people’ which drives the vast array of activities it undertakes to achieve it.
ALEC will coordinate the Buffel Free Great Victoria Desert project activity as well as assist with engaging stakeholders alongside the annual IDA forums.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Charitable Trusts is a global, independent non-government organisation. Pew works to protect our shared environment, encourage responsive government, support scientific research, and improve civic life. Pew’s ‘Outback to Oceans’ program in Australia aims to secure protection and good management for all areas of high conservation value in the Australian Outback.
Pew will support the project with advice and assistance on national and overseas ranger visits, national and global communications and introductions to stakeholders.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, TNC focusses on getting things done efficiently and with the greatest positive impact for conservation. TNC is a trusted organisation working in 72 countries on innovative solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.
TNC will support the project with advice and assistance on diversified funding, international ranger exchanges, communications and stakeholder networking.