Declaration in the Desert

Annoucing Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, Australia's Largest Conservation Land

The Warlpiri people recently invited partners and guests to central Australia for a special event: the declaration of the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area. ©Peter Taylor/TNC

The Tanami Desert is now home to Australia’s largest protected area on land, and it will continue to be managed by its Traditional Owners, who will be employed as rangers. ©Peter Taylor/TNC

Southern Tanami’s sprawling 10.15 million hectares of desert and savanna contain an immense variety of biodiversity, including roughly 100 species of reptiles. ©Peter Taylor/TNC

The IPA—which is half the size of Colorado—also contains threatened, uniquely Australian species like this bilby. ©Central Land Council

The Nature Conservancy is contributing $500,000 toward helping Traditional owners with conservation strategies such as threatened species tracking and fire abatement. ©Central Land Council

Southern Tanami's Traditional Owners recently invited the Conservancy and various guests to the desert to celebrate the announcement of the new IPA. ©Peter Taylor/TNC

The Conservancy's Peter Taylor (left), Federal Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon and IPA Program Director Bruce Rose look on as the formal declaration ceremony begins. ©Jake Cohen/TNC

The Conservancy's Peter Taylor greets the assembled crowd of more than 200 Traditional Owners and thanks them for the opportunity to help celebrate Southern Tanami. ©Jake Cohen/TNC

The formal, signed declaration document waves in the breeze. ©Jake Cohen/TNC

Southern Tanami’s Traditional Owners celebrate its formal declaration as an IPA—a process five years in the making. ©Peter Taylor/TNC

The Conservancy is proud to support Southern Tanami’s ongoing management, which will combine Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge to achieve better conservation outcomes. ©Central Land Council

Together with the Central Land Council, the Australian Government and the Warlpiri Traditional owners, we hope to ensure a prosperous future for Southern Tanami, its wildlife and its people. ©Peter Taylor/TNC


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