, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 721-729
Date: 10 Dec 2010

Indigenous Wetland Burning: Conserving Natural and Cultural Resources in Australia’s World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park

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My mother and my father taught me a lot, how to look after this land. Riding around this country on horseback we used to go to many places, burning along the way looking after the land. Times have changed, our country has changed a bit, but I still have good knowledge and it is my time to pass on what I have to my children and grandchildren. My mother and father would say if you look after this country, this country will look after you. Violet Lawson

Introduction

Growing worldwide interest in, and appreciation of, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is creating a new approach to contemporary land and sea management (Redford and Mansour 1996; Berkes et al. 2000; Huntington 2000; Schmidt and Peterson 2009). Driven by concerns about the failure of western science and management to address ecosystem degradation and species loss, people are looking to the deep ecological understandings and management practices that have guided indigenous use of natural resources for millennia for alternati