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Ten Deserts Initiative

The Ten Deserts Initiative was 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 was 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 coordinated the Ten Deserts Initiative and facilitated quarterly working groups and annual face-to-face meetings. This role was funded through Rangelands WA, Dept Environment Water and Natural Resources (SA), Pew Charitable Trusts and the Nature Conservancy.

The Ten Deserts Working Group included:

  • 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 were:

  • 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 were:

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

The Ten Deserts Initiative has now been wound up, go to for information on a new and exciting collaboration across the Ten Deserts.