Ten Deserts

The Ten Deserts Initiative is a collaboration of conservation groups, indigenous land managers and Natural Resource Management organisations to support on-ground biodiversity conservation and land management outcomes in the arid lands of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The Ten Deserts are:

  • Sturt Stony Desert (SA, QLD, NSW)
  • Strzelecki Desert (SA, QLD, NSW)
  • Perdirka Desert (SA)
  • Tirari Desert (SA)
  • Great Sandy Desert (WA, NT)
  • Simpson Desert (SA, NT, QLD, NSW)
  • Gibson Desert (WA)
  • Little Sandy Desert (WA)
  • Tanami Desert (NT, WA)
  • Great Victoria Desert (SA,WA)
  • and includes the arid/semi-arid lands of NT, WA & SA.

The purpose of the Ten Deserts initiative is to:

  • Promote integrated cross-border/tenure approaches to critical ecological threats
  • Increase the impact of cross-border collaboration
  • Increase the profile of the value of Australia’s desert country and the challenges of solving complex issues in remote regions
  • Connect disparate and remote partners to attract and make better use of available resources
  • Attract additional resources into Central Australia

The Arid Lands Environment Centre coordinates Ten Deserts and facilitates quarterly working group and annual face-to-face meetings. This role is funded through Rangelands WA, Dept Environment Water and Natural Resources (SA), Pew Charitable Trusts and the Nature Conservancy.

The Ten Deserts Working Group includes:

  • Department of Land Resource Management (NT)
  • Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust
  • Greening Australia
  • Kanyirnipa Jukurrpa
  • Land for Wildlife Central Australia
  • Natural Resources – Alinytjara Wilurara
  • Ngaanyatjarra Council
  • Rangelands NRM (WA)
  • Territory NRM
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ten Deserts Partner organisations:

  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
  • Arid Recovery
  • Central Desert Native Title Services
  • Central Land Council
  • NRM SA Arid Lands

The two key collaborative projects for the Ten Deserts initiative are:

  • Buffel Free GVD (Great Victoria Desert)
  • Desert Fire

To find out more information go to the Ten Deserts website.

To add your support to Ten Deserts or to find out more information please contact Ten Deserts Coordinator, Jimmy Cocking coordinator@tendeserts.org 0423511931.

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