Southern Tanami becomes Indigenous Protected Area

Warlpiri women and young girls dance to celebrate the declaration

Warlpiri Rangers take visitors on a walk tracking bilbies | Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor, The Nature Conservancy

Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon joins traditional owners to unveil the Southern Tanami IPA sign | Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor, The Nature Conservancy

Parks Australia staff Hilary Schofield, Miranda Schooneveldt and Bruce Rose at the declaration | Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor, The Nature Conservancy

What an experience! We’re back from celebrating the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area declaration in the Tanami Desert.

At 10.15 million hectares, Southern Tanami IPA forms a major part of the Trans-Australia Eco-link corridor, a globally significant wildlife corridor stretching more than 3,500 kilometres from Arnhem Land to the Great Australian Bight. It’s the largest single land area ever dedicated to conservation in Australia – bigger than countries like Portugal and Hungary.

The Warlpiri people declared their IPA at a site near Sangster’s Bore. Before the formal ceremony we went on a walk with Warlpiri Rangers, tracking bilbies before heading out to one of the desert’s spectacular salt lakes.

The Australian Government is providing $1.6 million over the next two years to support the Southern Tanami IPA and its Working on Country rangers. Indigenous Protected Areas are always a story of partnerships and the Southern Tanami IPA is no exception. We have worked closely with the Central Land Council and the traditional owners to establish this IPA and put in place a plan of management to guide its future. The Nature Conservancy has also generously invested $500,000 to help establish and manage the IPA.

More information on Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area

Miranda, Parks Australia

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