Climate Change and REDD : Integrating Customary Fire-management Schemes in East Malaysia and Northern Australia
Stephanie Niall, Carly Godden, Maureen Tehan, Lee Godden
Sojourn | Institute of Southeast Asian Studies | Published : 2013
Global climate change measures, such as emissions-reduction schemes, operate over many areas long occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities in Southeast Asia and Australasia. REDD+ emissionsreduction schemes seek to realize both environmental protection and co-benefits, including the retention of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. Customary fire-reduction methods practiced in northern Australia by Aboriginal people are now included within the Australian emissions-trading scheme. This model could provide a useful basis for the incorporation of swidden cultivation into REDD+ programmes in Malaysia. © 2013 ISEAS.