The Wilinggin Fire Project is located on the Wilinggin Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Kimberley in Northern WA. It is owned and managed by the Traditional Owners of the land.
The project uses Indigenous traditional knowledge and modern scientific practices to conduct early dry season burns which reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere from unmanaged wildfires in the late dry season. Currently there are two ranger groups, the Wunggurr Rangers and the Nyaliga Rangers (formed in 2020) based in the heart of Wilinggin country, on Gibb River Station.
Funds from the sale of carbon credits are reinvested into ongoing management of Country, protecting vulnerable habitats, cultural sites and community infrastructure from destructive wildfires, and mitigating the impact of weeds and feral animals on threatened species. The project enables transfer of traditional knowledge between generations and improves the wellbeing of Traditional Owners by strengthening their connection to country.
The rangers use a combination of traditional cultural and environmental knowledge, western science and modern technologies. They are supported by the Kimberley Land Council, the Kimberley Ranger Network, and many other partners who assist with the work progam.
Many communities and families in the Wilinggin Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) would like to set up ranger bases on their own country. Plans are underway to expand the ranger program to other Wilinggin areas and communities and increase employment.