Savanna Fire Management – Jawoyn ACCU


This project is located in the Northern Territory (Jawoyn Land).

Jawoyn land, now held as Aboriginal Land Trust, the Jawoyn Association represents more than 600 Jawyon members. Jawoyn is a registered not-for-profit with public benevolent institution (PBI) status. The association’s Rangers manage the Jawyon estate across the Katherine, Kakadu, and Roper regions in the NT.

The Jawoyn Association hosts two savanna carbon projects. The Rangers are also engaged in the management of the South East Arnhem Land project and the Nitmiluk National Park Project.

Jawoyn Rangers have been caring for country and incorporating customary values and culture with the latest in scientific practice. Based in Katherine, the rangers manage 16,000 square kilometers of land including part of the West Arnhem Land Plateau.

Jawoyn Rangers conduct aerial and on-ground land management including weed management and preventative back burning to prevent late-season wildfires and reduce overall carbon emissions.


Over the last number of years, land management and controlled fire management have transformed the patterns of fire across Jawoyn land. Satellite technology is used to track progress and observe this important change.

Together with four other Arnhem Land ranger groups – Wardekken, Mimal, Djelk and Ardjamarlarl – Jawoyn contributed to the successful West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project, which pioneered the savanna burning approach to emissions reduction.

The Australian Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) recognised their approach to early dry season savanna burning and approved a methodology to calculate carbon offsets. The approach is preserving the environmental habitats for native species and improvement of land, creating employment, and improving people’s lives

Outstanding cultural and biodiversity co-benefits enabling the employment of young people are facilitating reconnection with cultural values and protection of important cultural sites.

Project: ERF102021