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Indigenous Carbon Industry Network Portal Launched

The new ICIN website is now launched! An online portal and knowledge hub where you can:
  • CONNECT with Indigenous organisations supporting Indigenous-owned carbon projects. Please see THE NETWORK and click on the interactive map to find a profile of each member organisation.
  • FIND OUT MORE about what is the Indigenous carbon industry and what is the ICIN.
  • STAY UP-TO-DATE with the latest news and events , simply SIGN UP to receive our regular e-newsletter.
  • SUPPORT KNOWLEDGE SHARING. Indigenous organisations engaged in supporting a carbon project/s are invited to join ICIN.to share stories about your carbon project through the network.
The first stage of the website was launched by Nolan Hunter, CEO of the Kimberley Land Council at the Carbon Market Institute Indigenous Carbon Conversation event on July 31. Since then we have been busy updating the site with members content ready for the second stage launch.

We encourage you to share this link throughout your networks.

ICIN Members will soon be provided with password access and training to use the portal, supported by Code Nation. Please stay tuned.

A huge thank you to all member organisations for your contributions as well as to The Nature Conservancy who made this project possible.

We look forward to continuing to grow and share the site as the network evolves.
 
Go to the ICIN Website

2020 Early Dry Season burning a success


Despite difficult conditions and COVID-19 restrictions, Indigenous ranger groups across the north were able to successfully burn their country during the cool season earlier in the year in preparation for a very dry and hot late dry season.

Some groups in the Top End, including the Fish River rangers and Warddeken rangers, are now already fighting wildfires, hoping for an early start to the wet season as projected by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Thank you to all the fire managers in our network for your hard work to protect country. We wish you a safe and short wildfire season.

Pictured below conducting their early dry season burning in 2020 are (L-R): Arafura Swamp Rangers , Warren at Nyaliga Rangers and Neil Waina of Uunguu Rangers.
The Arafura Swamp rangers complete their early dry season burning 2020
Nyaliga Ranger Warren aerial burning in the East Kimberley
Uunguu Senior Ranger Neil Waina savanna burning on Wunambal Gaambera country in the north Kimberley region May 2020

ICIN Guidelines on Seeking Free, Prior and Informed Consent adopted as Industry Best Practice 

Indigenous rights recognised in carbon industry Code of Conduct 

We are pleased to announce that the peak industry body, the Carbon Market Institute has fully adopted the ICIN Guidelines to Seeking Free, Prior and Informed Consent from Indigenous Communities for Carbon Projects as Best Practice for the carbon industry in its Code of Conduct. 

This is a great step forward toward recognising the rights and interests of Indigenous communities in carbon.

ICIN is now an Associate Member of the Carbon Market Institute.

Carbon Market Institute CEO John Connor said in a Media Statement:
“As Australia’s market expands and matures, it is critical that consumers are protected from irresponsible and inappropriate behaviour that might arise. It is important that both demand and supply-side participants are provided with enough information to make informed commercial decisions.

It is also critical that Indigenous communities, eligible interest holders and other landholders are engaged early and appropriately to provide appropriate consents. In particular, the Indigenous Carbon Industry Network’s guide on “Seeking free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous communities for carbon projects” has been adopted as best practice. The Administrator will be consulting on the best mode of implementation of the guide.

CMI will continue to work with all stakeholders to expand the multi-million dollar employment, environmental and social benefits flowing to regional communities from carbon projects since 2012.


ICIN has been strongly advocating for the Best Practice Guidelines to included in the industry Code of Conduct as well as other industry advice and government regulations to ensure Traditional Owners, including native title holders and native title claimants, are properly informed about any potential carbon projects on their country and empowered to make decisions about whether or not to give consent to any new project before it is registered with the Clean Energy Regulator.

The Guidelines go further than the current Native Title and Eligible Interest Holder Guidance by the Clean Energy Regulator, which allows projects to be conditionally registered prior to obtaining all eligible interest-holder consents provided that the project proponent has the legal right to run the project. 

If a proponent fails to obtain all eligible interest holder consents before the end of the first reporting period (a maximum of two years for projects under emissions avoidance methods, and five years for projects under sequestration methods), the Clean Energy Regulator may revoke the project for failing to meet the conditions of its declaration.

To mitigate against this risk, in the interests of recognising Indigenous rights and as part of good business practice, the ICIN Best Practice Guidelines recommend that proponents seek the free, prior and informed consent of Traditional Owners prior to registering a project.

Thank you to key contributors the Kimberley Land Council, Jawun, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, Northern Land Council, ALFA NT, Warddeken Land Management and Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation.

Read the ICIN Best Practice Guidelines
Latest Indigenous Carbon Industry News 

Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) NT Report


ALFA NT hosts five Indigenous-owned carbon farming projects overseen by nine Aboriginal ranger groups which collectively manage over 80,000km2 of country across Arnhem Land, NT. In its 2019 Annual Report, ALFA NT describes the benefits of these savanna carbon farming projects for country, people and the whole planet.
 
ALFA NT 2019 Annual Report Summary Video

Carbon price remains steady despite economic crisis

The government's Clean Energy Regulator has today released the results of the September Auction of the Emissions Reduction Fund, which shows that the average price for Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) has decreased only slightly from $16.14 last auction to $15.74. Interestingly, no savanna burning projects were contracted as part of this latest auction. 

According to Commbank, the ACCU spot price crashed from $17.50 in November 2019 to around $15.90 in May this year but is currently sitting around $16.20

Indigenous carbon credits remain highly sought after on the voluntary market and attract a significant premium price for the multiple co-benefits they deliver to the environment and communities, well above average market price.

Early burning stops big fires (Murrinhpatha/English)


The Thamarrurr Rangers made this great short video on Dimirnirn country in Murrinhpatha language to help their local community around Wadeye, NT to understand the exciting new savanna burning carbon project they are working on. Stay tuned for the English translation in the second half. Thanks to the Thamarrurr Rangers for sharing this!

Want to get creative and share a video to the network about your carbon project that you have been working on? Email us or join the Indigenous Carbon Industry Network Facebook Group.
Thamarrurr Rangers video Early Burning Stops Big Fires

Strategic Analysis of Cape York Peninsula fire patterns


Balkanu Development Corp, with support from APN Cape York, ILSC, Natural Carbon and the Queensland Government Land Restoration Fund recently hosted a webinar on Carbon Farming with a presentation by Dr Justin Perry of CSIRO, who has been working with those organisations to develop a tool for analysing fire patterns. The tool may be useful for any savanna carbon farming project.
Access webinar recording (starts at 6:30)

Carbon Market Institute Carbon Farming Forum


ICIN will participate in the online national Carbon Farming Forum from 22-23 September, hosted by the Carbon Market Institute.

If you are a member of ICIN and wish to attend, please contact the ICIN Coordinator, Anna Boustead at icin@warddeken.org.au

There are also two webinars open to the public, including a workshop with Clean Energy Regulator CEO David Parker as well as Prof Ross Garnaut.
Find out more

2021 North Australian Savanna Fire Forum


Planning for the 2021 North Australian Savanna Fire Forum is underway. Given the COVID-19 crisis it is likely to shift to an online forum next year, supported by regional events. If you are keen to be involved, please get in touch with Anna at icin@warddeken.org.au. 
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