CBD Information Centre Catalogue

Title Aboriginal Wetland Burning in Kakadu
Publisher CSIRO
Notes Why burn wetlands? For most of last century, Kakadu’s wetlands were home to large herds of feral Asian water buffalo. When buffalo were removed from the Park in the 1980s, the native grass Mudja (Hymenachne acutigluma) spread unchecked and has now taken over many wetlands in Kakadu. Mudja chokes out other wetland plants, reducing the variety of habitats, preventing water birds from feeding, and limiting access for hunting and food gathering by Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people use fire to control the density of Mudja. It is thought that the water buffalo controlled Mudja in much the same way that Aboriginal fire management did before European settlement
Programme Areas Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j); Invasive Alien Species; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Ecosystem Approach
Keywords Inland waters; Indigenous and local communities; Invasive alien species; Ecosystem approach
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