The use of local knowledge in the Australian High Country during the 2003 bushfires

Indian, J 2007, 'The use of local knowledge in the Australian High Country during the 2003 bushfires', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 27-33.


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Title The use of local knowledge in the Australian High Country during the 2003 bushfires
Author(s) Indian, J
Year 2007
Journal name Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 27
End page 33
Total pages 6
Publisher Grey Worldwide Australia
Abstract The concept of local knowledge in fire management has long been recognised as important. Rural communities carry most of the burden of bushfire and yet fire managers have often proceeded in the absence of key local knowledge held within these communities. Despite this, the significance of local knowledge in bushfire management, it¿s meaning and practical application remain vague. Here the role of local knowledge is discussed as a tool in fire planning and explored as a crucial part of the community engagement process, allowing rural communities the chance to play a more active role in fire management. In turn, by way of two case studies in the high country, the impact of this involvement, or otherwise, is considered in relation to the resilience of two specific rural communities.
Subject Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) bushfire
local knowledge
ISSN 1324-1540
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