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Arnhem Land rangers celebrated another busy year of fire management at the 2018 Arnhem Land Fire Abatement NT End of Year meeting at Limmen National Park hosted by the Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers. Above is the group picture taken by Dan Fitzgerald from ABC Country Hour.  12 ranger groups attended the meeting including groups from outside the Arnhem Land fire projects - Waanyi Garawa, Thamurrurr, Jilkminggan and Tiwi Islands.  

Report from the Coordinator

The ICIN has been very busy lately, as word spreads that the network is here to help Indigenous carbon businesses. Thank you for your support and engagement in 2018 during this start-up phase of the ICIN.  Over the past few months ICIN has
·        Input into the Northern Territory Government's Climate Change Strategy
·        Met with many of its members and associate members in Cairns and Darwin
·        Developed the ICIN Communications Strategy
·        Developed the ICIN Terms of Reference and Interim Membership Structure
·        Generated three ICIN news bulletins and several Member Alerts.
·        Facilitated better communication between governments, scientists and Indigenous carbon businesses.
In 2019 we look forward to hosting the North Australia Savanna Fire Forum, launching our new website, and building on development of our policy positions. On behalf of the ICIN Steering Committee I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to working with you in 2019.
Best wishes,
Anna Boustead
Coordinator, Indigenous Carbon Industry Network
p. 0417 989 577

Registrations Now Open for 2019 North Australia Savanna Fire Forum

ICIN is proud to host the 2019 North Australia Savanna Fire Forum in Darwin on February 13-14 with support from the Northern Territory Government, Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, Indigenous Land Corporation, Warddeken Land Management, Charles Darwin University and the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research.

Indigenous land managers, rangers, fire practitioners, park managers, pastoralists, scientists, program managers and carbon industry practitioners will share the latest news, developments and learnings affecting fire management and the carbon sector.

Register Now


ICIN Update December 2018
Latest ERF auction sees ACCU price continue to rise
(Clean Energy Regulator)
See the Clean Energy Regulator’s latest Market Update for further details.
Market Update

Opportunity to Input into the Development of Carbon Farming Training
(Skills Impact)
Skills Impact is developing skill sets and unit outlines for Carbon Farming and Agribusiness Training. Draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for agribusiness and carbon farming are now available for your review and feedback.
Have Your Say

New Gamba Grass Report – Counting the Cost of Gamba
(Pew Environmental Trust/Environment Centre NT)
This report is a rapid synthesis and analysis of available literature and data to inform policy makers on the varied economic impacts of gamba grass infestation and thus, the potential costs of delayed or inadequate responses, or a failure to act.
Read the Report

Gamba in the Media
(ABC Country Hour)
Indigenous ranger groups in Arnhem Land say gamba grass has become a major threat to their ability to earn carbon credits.
Listen Now

Restoring environmental standards in the NT through offsets: A discussion paper (NAILSMA/The Nature Conservancy)
This paper is about the role of environmental offsets in improving the quality of environmental management in the Territory and, through good design, creating valuable enterprise and employment options for remote, especially Indigenous, communities.
Read the Report

Complementary Environmental Offsets Framework
(NAILSMA/The Nature Conservancy)
The Northern Territory government has announced that, as part of a suite of environmental law reforms, environmental offsets will be reinstated. This proposal from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) outlines an offsets framework designed to meet the particular needs of the Territory and its Aboriginal land interests and communities.
Read the Report

Fight fires with indigenous knowledge, researchers say
(Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Countries at risk of catastrophic wildfires should adopt ancient practices used by indigenous people, researchers said on Monday, after scores of deadly blazes engulfed parts of the northern hemisphere.
Read More
Aboriginal Carbon Fund Celebrates A Successful 2018
(Aboriginal Carbon Fund)
Highlights were Mark Gasson joining the team to lead the Reducing Carbon Building Communities (RCBC) Fund and Billy Gordan joining us to lead Stakeholder Engagement with AbCF. The RCBC Fund has now turned over its first $1m providing a premium income to four Aboriginal communities and their ranger teams. The NAB visit to Kowanyama was a great week mid-year and a wonderful opportunity for the Traditional Owners and rangers to meet with their corporate partner. The carbon farming training course was accredited nationally and has been rolled out with the Mapoon and Kowanyama rangers and Traditional Owners. The Core Benefits Verification Framework for the Environmental, Social and Cultural Values of Aboriginal Carbon Farming is now completed after over two years of consultations, community meetings, carbon forums and a large Department of Environment and Science workshop. The Indigenous to Indigenous concept is growing and we’re proud of this authentic approach to acknowledging the experience and knowledge of rangers and Traditional Owners.

Book Launch: Sustainable Land Sector Development Book Launched
This book provides a synthesis of a suite of research projects addressing the broad theme ‘Building community resilience in northern Australia’, focused especially on remote, predominantly Indigenous (Aboriginal) communities.
More Information

International Savanna Fire Management Initiative

An expert group of international fire, policy and research specialists came together over three days in early November to explore the feasibility of adapting Australia’s ground breaking savanna burning carbon method for Botswana.

The International Savanna Fire Management Initiative inception workshop, held at the University of Botswana, explored the similarities and differences between the fire regimes in northern Australia and Botswana. International climate trends and the link to greenhouse gas emissions from an increase in global wildfires was discussed.

The Australian experience of reintroducing traditional fire management regimes into the savanna landscape and investment into community based fire management financed by Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund and voluntary carbon market was shared with Botswana experts and officials.

The project was formally launched by on the 9 November by Hon Tshekedi Khama, Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Botswana and The Hon Adam McCarthy, Australian High Commissioner in Pretoria.  The ISFMI is an innovative project led by LDI in partnership with the Kimberley Land Council, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research and Baker McKenzie, supported by an investment of $3.87 million from the Australian Government over the next three years.
Attendees at the ISFMI meeting held from 7-9 November 2018 at the University of Botswana.
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