By Judith Kirschner A burning issue: Understanding the imprints of humans on the ecology and evolution of coastal heathlands For the May version of the PyroLife ‘Living with Fire’ webinar, Prof. Vigdis Vandvik (University of Bergen) gave a fascinating lecture on the imprints of human land-use on the ecology and evolution of coastal heathlands. Coastal heathlands are barren, inconspicuous landscapes, dominated by dwarf-shrubs such as Calluna vulgaris, that cover extensive areas along the European oceanic coasts from the north of Norway to Portugal. Palaeoecological reconstructions indicate that since around 6000 years before present (Prosch-Danielsen and Simonsen 2000; Hjelle et al. […]
By Sarah Meier Throughout history, Indigenous peoples around the globe have managed their lands using fire for social, cultural, and environmental purposes. With European colonization, traditional fire management practices decreased as local communities were forcibly removed from their lands. As a result, high-intensity fire regimes developed leading to high greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from savanna fires. Ariadne Gorring dived into her fascinating work in the Kimberley region in Northwestern Australia. This area, of a size comparable to the state of California, is sparsely populated counting about 40,000 people, half of which are Indigenous, living in over 100 remote communities. Ari […]
The conversations with Simon Lambert, Amy Cardinal and Brady W. Highway was so inspiring and stimulating, the questions kept pouring in! So… Let’s go to the questions from the participants 1/8: Why would you say that indigenous knowledge and science are two different things? I personally would say both are about the creation of knowledge, no matter the approach. Amy Cardinal : Agreed! We were speaking here about ‘Western’ or ‘Euro-centric’ knowledge – which often is portrayed as the only scientific method. However, there’s many different ways to create knowledge. It depends on your interpretation of the word ‘science’. But […]
Indigenous Peoples use fire to manage their surroundings in sustainable ways. Through their profound expertise and knowledge, these fire stewards know exactly when, where, how and how long to burn, thereby carefully protecting, supporting, and nourishing their environments.