[sound] Stanford University. For the past 12 years we’ve been working
closely with a group of Australian Aborigines who refer to themselves as Martu. Folks like Mardu and Mardu themselves have lived in the western desert for many,
many millennia. [sound].
Mardu use fire, especially For hunting monitor lizards.
Women will set a fire line and clear off the track and
following behind the flames and track the game to their winter time dens.
And then they’ll probe those dens and excavate their guyanas within them.
The boots on the ground, the pedestrian hunting like this on a regular basis
creates a very patchy mosaic on the landscape with just a little bit of rain 6
months to a year after, you’re going to have all kinds of mature
plants coming up and the plants that come up
Are not just the spin effects grass, that you burned off,
But they’re the seed bank. From a lot of other plants [sound] A Mardu
hunting regime which creates more diversity on the ground mediates against
climate driven wildfires, which are massive and have devastating
consequences on the biota in the region. The moral of the story is, we really,
really need folk to know what they’re doing and how to manage these
resources out there. These communities are sanctuaries, they’re
sanctuaries for their culture, they’re sanctuaries for the very desert biota.
And without support for these communities, we will be losing a critical component of
global biodiversity. For more, please visit us at stanford.edu.