from the local community, depending on the time of year
now with mobile coverage thanks to two communications towers funded by the project
mitigated on average annually since 2015 by preventing and managing larger, hotter late dry season bushfires with strategic fire management
managed by the project, supporting fire-dependent ecosystems and protecting the habitat of endemic Australian flora and fauna
Operated by Indigenous-owned & directed not-for-profit Aak Puul Ngantam (APN Cape York) in partnership with Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation, the Aak Puul Ngantam Savanna Burning project comprises 370,000 hectares of land on Traditional Homelands. Project rangers implement planned ‘cool’ fires early in the dry season to reduce fuel loads, preventing more intense bushfires later on – thereby reducing emissions. APN Cape York have extensive skills in strategic savanna burning, with aerial and onground burning operations since 2013. The property is broken into zones, depending on how often areas need management; high traffic zones require burning every year, while others are burnt less frequently.
As well as reducing emissions by controlling and preventing large, intense and uncontrollable bushfires, the Aak Puul Ngantam Savanna Burning project employs local Indigenous people as project rangers, engaging Wik and Kugu people in traditional practices to care for and connect with their ancestral homelands. Revenue raised from the sale of carbon credits supports a range of activities that APN Cape York runs alongside the carbon project – such as funding the installation of two communications towers to increase connectivity in the region. Rangers and others out on country can now travel knowing that they can call for assistance and keep in touch with family, even in extremely remote areas.