ABORIGINAL
CARBON FOUNDATION

The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) catalyses life-changing, community prosperity, through carbon farming. Our aim is to build wealth for Traditional Owners and non-Aboriginal carbon farmers, implementing carbon projects that demonstrate environmental, social and cultural core benefits, through the ethical trade of carbon credits.

We operate on the cutting edge of ideas and community-based solutions. We bring together people with fresh ways of working, professional experience and a desire to achieve outcomes that tackle Indigenous poverty and climate change through a strengths-based approach. With a strong culture of innovation and collaboration, the AbCF supports carbon farming projects and connects communities who supply carbon credits, with organisations seeking to offset their carbon pollution.

We openly seek to collaborate with fellow Aboriginal organisations, carbon companies, non-government organisations (NGOs), conservation organisations, universities and government agencies. The AbCF is a full member of the Carbon Market Institute and is a trusted leader on Aboriginal carbon.

CORE BENEFITS VERIFICATION

This unique framework creates the opportunity for Aboriginal rangers and farmers to become experienced in the verification of environmental, social and cultural core benefits, associated with carbon projects.

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CARBON FARMING TRAINING

The Aboriginal Carbon Farming and Core Benefits Management (10722NAT) course, is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority. It provides all the information required for carbon farming projects.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ADVICE

The AbCF is a founding signatory to the Carbon Industry Code of Conduct and member of the Carbon Market Institute. We provide experienced project management advice, to carbon farming projects.

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COMMUNITY CREDITS & FARMER CREDITS

The Reducing Carbon Building Communities (RCBC) Fund was established to generate a premium price, securing inter-generational wealth for Aboriginal and remote communities.

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Stafford Yam

“If you want to do something about climate change and help our mob, then buy our carbon credits.”

Stafford Yam - Traditional Owner, Aboriginal Ranger, Carbon Farmer

The AbCF supports carbon farming projects, led by Indigenous rangers. It connects Aboriginal communities who supply carbon credits, with organisations seeking to offset their carbon pollution and provides training for Indigenous rangers.

Historically, the AbCF has worked in Far North Queensland with Aboriginal carbon farmers, and services corporate and government buyers largely located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The three main pillars are as follows.

The Training Course is relevant for all savanna burning carbon farming projects, across northern Australia. The Core Benefits Verification Framework is relevant nationally, to the verification of values. The RCBC Fund trades Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous project owners.

Indigenous Rangers

The AbCF has an MoU with Agforce Queensland, a peak industry body for farmers and pastoralists. We are working with non-Aboriginal carbon farmers to enable their social and environmental outcomes to be acknowledged in the voluntary carbon market. The voluntary market achieves prices well above the Emissions Reduction Fund auction price of $12 per ton (average) and offers a higher degree of contractual flexibility that benefits carbon farmers and corporate investors.

It should be noted that providing advice which locks carbon farmers into a long-term, contractually binding agreement with the Australian Government, at a set price which is significantly lower than what can be achieved in the voluntary market, is redundant. Better options exist for the sale of ACCU.

Furthermore, it is essential that land holders understand the respective methodology and broader carbon industry they intend to enter, when implementing a carbon project. The AbCF can help and looks forward to the opportunity of working with you. Contact us for more information.

Farmers & Pastoralists

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