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ICIN Steering Committee member Debbie Symonds, CEO of Olkola Aboriginal Corporation discusses emerging markets at the Carbon Market Institute Summit in May.

Report from the Coordinator

Funding update
We are pleased to announce that the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Northern Territory Government and Queensland Department of Environment  and Science have renewed funding to support the network for another year.

In our first year we have brought together 34 Indigenous organisations supporting carbon businesses across north Australia, developed a policy position paper, hosted the North Australia Savanna Fire Forum and delivered a communications strategy.

Next year we hope to launch a new website, provide more business support to our members and share more stories of how Indigenous land managers in remote areas are delivering real benefits to the climate, country and community through their savanna fire carbon projects.

Thank you to our Steering Committee members Tiwi Land Council, Arnhem Land Fire Abatement NT, Warddeken Land Management, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, Northern Land Council, Kimberley Land Council, Olkola Aboriginal Corporation and Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Land and Sea Office for your ongoing guidance and support.

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

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ICIN Update June 2019
New NT Environment Laws

ICIN is very concerned that the Northern Territory’s proposed new environment laws contain no reference to greenhouse gas emissions or a carbon offset (referring only to the creation of ‘guidelines’ and a ‘framework’ for environmental offsets).

ICIN wrote a submission the Environment Protection Bill calling on the parliament to amend the Bill to:

1.            Ensure that reducing the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing action to draw down atmospheric greenhouse gases, is an Object of the Bill, and is a mandatory consideration for every decision-maker and authority throughout the Bill, including under section 73.

2.            Define a carbon offset as being separate to other types of environmental offsets (under sections 125 and 126) since unlike other environmental offsets, a carbon offset is clearly measured and regulated by the Clean Energy Regulator through the sale of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

In the good faith that it will support clearer policy setting for managing the NT’s climate impact, ICIN has fully participated in informing the drafting of the NT’s Climate Change Strategy.

However it remains to be seen what tools the NT Government will have to implement any future Climate Change Strategy if it misses this rare opportunity to provide a regulatory framework for the assessment and offset of the greenhouse gas emissions of a proposed development.
Further information
Carbon Market Institute Summit

The ICIN attended the Carbon Market Institute Summit in Melbourne last month. It was an interesting two days, with strong representation from Australia’s biggest corporations and banks, as well as carbon brokers, producers and government leaders.

Here are some key highlights:
  • The Prime Minister of Fiji, Californian State President and ex-President of Kirabati called on Australia to rapidly respond to the climate change crisis by supporting much stronger cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. Pacific nations called for Australia to provide support to neighbouring island nations given that they are suffering great losses of life and country due to the rising sea level and cyclones.
  • Climate Works showed that while Australia is cutting its emissions, it is not happening at a rate fast enough to avoid a 2 degree rise in temperature. They also showed that the only sectors to show negative emissions were the waste sector and the land use sector, which savanna fire management comes under. All other sectors had generated more emissions. This demonstrates how Indigenous carbon businesses are contributing significantly to Australia’s bid to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and the global significance of this achievement.
  • The big banks and corporates talked about how they were considering the carbon footprint of projects and vulnerability of projects to climate change as a risk management strategy.
  • Government representatives spoke of the need to develop strong partnerships with industry groups in supporting its response to climate change.
  • Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change talked to the ALP’s climate policy
  • Greens Climate Change spokesperson Adam Bandt highlighted the Greens climate policy
  • Debbie Symonds of Olkola Aboriginal Corporation spoke as part of a panel discussing the potential for environmental markets to deliver real benefits to local economies, communities and the environment. During the same discussion, Peter Cosier introduced a new organisation called Accounting for Nature which is attempting to economise natural values by establishing a National Environmental Accounts of Australia.
  • Aboriginal Carbon Foundation hosted a workshop featuring presentations by Indigenous leaders from East Timor, New Zealand and Australia about the potential benefits presented by emerging carbon markets. They are aiming to expand on this to develop a much bigger international Indigenous carbon forum at next year’s summit. 
  • In a separate event in Fitzroy, the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation launched its Core Benefits Verification Framework, which is now available for Indigenous carbon businesses to use to inform their process of verifying benefits brought by their carbon projects and is currently being trialled in Cape York.
View Presentations from the CMI Summit
Photos below (L-R): Aboriginal Carbon Foundation host the International Indigenous Carbon Forum at the CMI Summit; Shilo Villaflor, Lauren Bowyer, Anna Boustead and Lisa McMaster at the CMI Summit; Jennifer Ansell and Nadine Bradley attend the Women in Climate Change Breakfast at the CMI Summit.
Nominations for Landcare Awards Now Open

The 2019 NT Landcare Awards program acknowledges landcare projects that are focused on sustainable farming, biodiversity and conservation, community and wellbeing, Indigenous land management, Coastcare, youth participation and leadership.  

The 9 categories are:
  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
  • Virgin Coastcare Award
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
  • Indigenous Land Management Award
  • Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award
The winners from the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards go forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards.
  • WA: Nominations close 10 July 2019
  • NT: Nominations close 31 July 2019
  • QLD: Nominations close 4 October 2019
To nominate for the 2019 Landcare Awards in your state or territory complete your nomination entry here.
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The Indigenous Governance Toolkit

The Indigenous Governance Toolkit is an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance. It covers all the basics – your rules, values, culture, membership, leadership, and decision making – and has many examples of ideas that work from other groups, tools to help you get started, and useful guidance to sustain your efforts.
Download Toolkit

Upcoming Events

Progress update on implementing the recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the NT

26 June, 4pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin

Tony Mott will provide an update on how implementation has been managed over the last 12 months, the priorities for the remainder of 2019, and the process for implementing the remaining recommendations.

More information and registration


National Biodiversity Offset Conference

August 26-28, Canberra

Biodiversity offsets are now used by all levels of government throughout Australia to counterbalance significant environmental impacts. The time is right for a national forum to aid in shaping the future of biodiversity offsets in Australia.

The National Biodiversity Offsets Conference, to be held on 26 to 28 August 2019 in Canberra, will provide an opportunity to:
  • Discuss their history and effectiveness in addressing environmental impacts;
  • Share the experiences from all levels of government;
  • Learn from academics, the legal fraternity and those involved in offset markets;
  • Hear from individuals involved in the hands-on delivery of offsets;
  • Explore different metrics for measuring impact and calculating offset delivery; and
  • Debate the relative benefits of direct, indirect and ‘pay and go’ offsets.
More information and registration



2019 Private Land Conservation Conference

Adelaide, 8-10 October 2019

Call for Abstracts Now Open (Deadline 23 June)

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