The vision of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund is to nurture and build a sustainable Aboriginal carbon industry. In doing this, our aim is to build wealth for Traditional Owners with environmental, social and cultural co-benefits through the ethical trade of carbon with Corporate Australia and international bodies.
To meet this vision, Aboriginal Carbon Fund was established in 2010 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. This followed a scoping report developed by Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture Limited and a regional forum in Alice Springs, Northern Territory attended by Aboriginal leaders in the carbon sector.
We are now playing a critical role in the development of the Aboriginal carbon industry in Australia. We are doing this by working with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal organisations, Land Councils, government, research and development institutions and corporate bodies. We are providing leadership and advocacy at a national level, and workshops, advice and tools at a local and regional level.
This has included organising foundational workshops in 2010 and 2011 to involve Indigenous leaders in the national conversation, and leading national forums in 2011 and 2012 with government Ministers to negotiate outcomes for Traditional Owners.
On the ground, we are busy deepening our relationship with local groups trying to build projects, and also developing workshop tools, negotiating guides and fact sheets on land tenure pathways. We have a strong focus on considering carbon farming as part of agribusiness planning.
We have now recruited staff and assoicates with backgrounds in land management, agribusiness and law. Key people Rowan, Peter and Jeremy bring specialist knowledge on working with Aboriginal people on land projects, how to make carbon farming work as an agribusiness and how the carbon farming legislation and native title works for Traditional Owners.
Read on about our people and why Aboriginal Carbon Fund is a trusted leader on Aboriginal carbon.