Desert Fire Symposium
In 2006, when the world celebrates
the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, and in
Australia, The Year of the Outback, we have a unique opportunity to
come together to share and explore all the expertise and creativity
that exists in desert regions.
Knowledge Australia and the Desert
Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre are at the forefront of
the world’s knowledge of the desert. Together, they bring you the
2006 Desert Knowledge Symposium and Business Showcase:
Global Desert Opportunities.
With the theme of
creating business opportunities and
sustainable livelihoods for desert people, the 2006
Desert Knowledge Symposium: Global Desert Opportunities
will explore and showcase the enterprises, innovations, business
opportunities, science, technology, research, solutions, culture,
and the collective knowledge held by Australia’s desert regions and
The Desert Knowledge Symposium will be held in Alice
Springs, Northern Territory, Australia from 1-3 November
The Global Desert
People have lived and
survived in desert regions for tens of thousands of years, where
knowledge and ideas have created opportunities and livelihoods, and
where this knowledge can be shared with the rest of the world to
create a thriving desert economy. This is the global desert.
third of the world’s land surface is desert and these regions are
inhabited by about one billion people or one sixth of the world’s
population. In Australia, two-thirds of the country is made up of
arid and semi-arid lands. Our nations value these heartlands for
their unspoiled, remote and unique environments.
Who is behind the 2006 Desert Knowledge
Knowledge Australia is a networking organisation that aims to
facilitate thriving desert knowledge economies and a socially and
economically sustainable future for desert Australia. Through the
building of networks and partnerships across the desert, these
thriving economies are being formed in association with other desert
regions around the world.
The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre is a
research network linking Indigenous and local knowledge with Western
science and research training. It creates opportunities for desert
people to live more prosperous and sustainable lives.