Indigenous projects

Updated 27 October 2015

Map of Indigenous carbon projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund

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Projects: 18 Credits: 1.1m

What is an Indigenous project? We have listed projects we believe have significant involvement of local traditional owners through control of the project, ownership of the land and/or participation in delivery of the project. There may be other projects with some involvement of traditional owners.

FORESTRY PROJECTS

ABORIGINAL LANDS TRUST SA

The Biodiverse Carbon Conservation Aboriginal Lands Trust reforestation project was declared on 10 July 2015. Australian Integrated Carbon Financial Services Pty Ltd is the project owner. The project aims to re-establish forest on various blocks of land held by the Aboriginal Lands Trust in the Coorong area of South Australia.

POINT PEARCE SA

The Biodiverse Carbon Conservation Point Pearce reforestation project was declared on 10 July 2015. Australian Integrated Carbon Financial Services Pty Ltd is the project owner. The project aims to re-establish forest at Point Pearce in South Australia.

SAVanna projects

BALANGGARRA 1 WA

The Balanggarra 1 savanna burning project was declared on 6 February 2014. Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation is the project owner. The project is located in rugged country in the north Kimberley and the Balanggarra traditional owners live in Kalumburu, Wyndham and Kununurra. The Balanggarra Rangers have been practicing good fire management for a period of time and declaration of the Balanggarra Indigenous Protected Area and the savanna project caps long running efforts. To date 81,610 credits have been issued.

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DAMBIMANGARI WA

The Dambimangari savanna burning project was declared on 10 February 2014. Wanjina-Wungurr (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation is the project owner. This is one of three Wanjina-Wungurr savanna projects which are the first to be declared on exclusive possession native title land. To date 65,175 credits have been issued.

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FISH RIVER NT

The Fish River Fire Project is run by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and was declared on 31 October 2012. The ILC acquired the Fish River pastoral station in 2010, in collaboration with the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group. The 182,000 ha property is in the Daly Region of the Northern Territory. No change of tenure was required to show that the ILC had the right to carry out the savanna burning project.

The ILC worked with the Labarganyan, Wagiman, Malak Malak and Kamu traditional owners to reduce the late season wildfires from 69 to around 3 per cent. The ILC has received 49,041 credits for the period 2011 - 2014. Credits were sold to Caltex in 2013.

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JAWOYN NT

The Jawoyn savanna burning project was declared on 27 February 2013. Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation is the project owner. The project is located in the Roper Gulf Shire. 7,034 credits have been issued.

mapoon qld

The Mapoon savanna burning project was declared on 14 October 2014. No credits have been issued yet.

MEREPAH QLD

The Merepah Fire Project is run by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and was declared on 18 September 2014. Merepah Station is still run as an active cattle station and has received 32,776 credits.

olkola qld

The Olkola Ajin ñ Olkola savanna burning project was declared on 22 December 2014. The project covers pastoral lease and national park areas in Queensland. To date, 65,588 credits have been issued.

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oriners and sefton qld

The Oriners and Sefton savanna burning project is run by the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office, a division of the Kowanyama Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council. The project was declared on 22 January 2015. The vision of this project has been a few years in the making by a very independent group of rangers. Fire management has advanced on the Oriners and Sefton pastoral leases, which were originally purchased by the Council in 1996. For the period 2012-14, 38,129 credits were issued.

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Raak nguunge qld

The Raak Nguunge savanna burning project is run by the Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and was declared on 14 October 2014. To date, 9,790 credits have been issued.

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SOUTH EAST ARNHEM LAND FIRE ABATEMENT NT

SEALFA is the extension of the original WALFA project to new areas. The project was declared on 18 August 2015 and ALFA (NT) Limited is the project owner.

southern aurukun QLD

The Southern Aurukun project was declared on 23 March 2015. The project is being shepherded as project owner by Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and, on the ground, fire management is being organised by APN Cape York. No credits have been issued yet. Have a look at APN's video to get a sense of the place.

west arnhem land fire abatement nt

The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement project (WALFA) is the original savanna project. Starting in the 1990s, it is the work around WALFA that led to the savanna burning methodology in 2012 through collaborations with North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance and CSIRO. The WALFA project went forward independently under an agreement with Conoco-Phillips, but is now registered under the ERF. The project was declared on 24 December 2014 and ALFA (NT) Limited is the project owner. To date 353,457 credits have been issued.

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west arnhem land fire abatement stage 2 nt

WALFA state 2 is the extension of the original WALFA project to new areas. The project was declared on 23 December 2014 and ALFA (NT) Limited is the project owner. To date 238,231 credits have been issued.

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WILLIGGIN WA

The Williggin savanna burning project was declared on 11 February 2014. Wanjina-Wungurr (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation is the project owner. This is one of three Wanjina-Wungurr savanna projects which are the first to be declared on exclusive possession native title land. To date 92,185 credits have been issued.

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WUNAMBAL GAAMBERA UUNGUU WA

The Wunambal Gaambera Uunguu savanna burning project was declared on 11 February 2014. Wanjina-Wungurr (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation is the project owner. This is one of three Wanjina-Wungurr savanna projects which are the first to be declared on exclusive possession native title land. To date 54,308 credits have been issued.

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