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People

There are many benefits associated with a working life on the country to which people have strong attachment.

In remote regions like West Arnhem Land where there are few employment opportunities, natural and cultural resource management work and innovative enterprises provide jobs and reduce dependence on social security.

Improved health, higher self-esteem, greater social cohesion, staying in touch with an ancestral past and seeing a brighter future for children are just some of the benefits associated with natural and cultural resource management work.

Related education and training opportunities increase capacity across a number of areas. Rangers are role models for children, and schools use natural science to encourage attendance and teach literacy and numeracy.

Local enterprises already contribute 20% of natural and cultural resource management costs. For example, Warddeken and Djelk rangers developed and implemented a methodology for abating greenhouse gases through an adaptation of customary fire management that uses modern technology combined with ancient knowledge. The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) Project has led the way for savanna burning projects across Australia. The WALFA partners were awarded a Eureka Prize in 2007 for innovative approaches to climate solutions and a Banksia award in 2011. In its first five years WALFA achieved 140% of abatement targets.