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Members from across north Australia attend the inaugral ICIN Members Meeting held in Darwin on February 14, following the 2019 North Australia Savanna Fire Forum.

Report from the Coordinator

Wow!! The year got off to a cracking start, as ICIN hosted the 2019 North Australia Savanna Fire Forum. More than 240 people gathered to share their stories of fire management, learn about the latest science and policy updates and discuss what the future may hold for savanna fire management. ICIN was very proud to host the event with the substantial support of the working group and sponsors. ICIN Steering Committee member Willie Rioli opened the forum by encouraging participants to join the discussion and share their knowledge and experience. The event attracted media stories on ABC News and Country Hour.

ICIN presented on 'Growing the Indigenous Carbon Industry' (available here). For more on the forum, including the full list of presentations see the link below. A summary report of the forum will be made available soon.

Other activities over the past few months have included:
 -       Developing a Policy Position Paper with members to inform government policies.
-        Supporting members to present the position paper to key parties.
-        Supporting members to advocate for better resourcing of Gamba grass management given the threat it presents to the Indigenous carbon industry.
-        Developing draft best practice guidelines for carbon project developers to seeking Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
-        Working with members to develop the 19/20 ICIN Work Plan and Proposal.
-        Developing a proposal for an ICIN website
-        Attended an Australian Government workshop seeking input into a discussion paper regarding climate change and agriculture.
-        Presenting the 2019 North Australia Fire Managers meeting with a summary of outcomes of the Savanna Fire Forum.
ICIN recently responded to the NT Budget Repair Paper which slated a total cut to the Aboriginal Carbon Unit which partly funds ICIN. We have written to the Environment and Natural Resources Minister Eva Lawler outlining our substantial questions and concerns about this decision and will report back to members on the outcome.
Funding of the ICIN beyond May is yet to be confirmed, although we are confident that current funders the Northern Territory Government, Queensland Government and Australian Government Department of Energy and Environment will continue their vital support in recognition of the critical coordination and support ICIN has provided to this growing industry.

I also look forward to attending the Carbon Market Institute Summit together with many of our members in a few weeks time and will report back to all members on any outcomes.

Best wishes,
Anna Boustead
Coordinator, Indigenous Carbon Industry Network
p. 0417 989 577

Photos (L-R): Olkola Women's Rangers; Rangers catch up at the Savanna Fire Forum; Tarlisha Redford and Marianne White at the forum; Mark Gardener, Jessica Weir and Anna Boustead at the NAFM Tiwi Islands carbon project tour. (Forum photos credit CDU RIEL/ICIN)

Indigenous Carbon Industry Network now on Facebook!

ICIN is proud to launch its Facebook page. As the page grows we hope this will help our members to share their photos, videos and stories, raise the profile of the Indigenous carbon industry and keep the community updated as it grows and develops.

You can help spread the word by liking and sharing the page to your networks.

Visit ICIN on Facebook
ICIN Update April 2019
North Australia Savanna Fire Forum presentations now available
(Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research)
You can now access presentations from the North Australia Savanna Fire Forum on the DCBR website.

See presentations

Have Your Say on the Future of Savanna Carbon Farming
(Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy)
The Department of Environment and Energy invite you to have your say on the future of savanna fire management carbon farming. The results will be captured through this survey and presented in the Savanna Carbon Farming Roadmap. This is an important opportunity to put forward your views on the future of the savanna carbon farming industry to inform future work by the Department.
The survey closes soon so respond today!

Have Your Say

Carbon Market Institute Summit 2019
(Carbon Market Institute)
Join key participants in Australia's carbon market as they gather in Melbourne for the 2019 Carbon Market Institute Summit, 'Future-proofing the Australian Economy' to be held May 8 - 9. At the summit the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation will host a round table discussion through an international Indigenous carbon forum. Participants will explore indigenous carbon market leadership, and how this platform can enable further knowledge sharing, commercial interaction and capacity building. 
Registrations are open now
Book Launch: To Burn or Not to Burn Launched
(Anthony Kerr)
This book, launched at the 2019 Savanna Fire Forum, provides a synthesis of stories by fire managers across Australia.
More information
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