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2022 Garma Festival > The Economic Agenda

Rowan Foley, CEO of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation was pleased to be one of the speakers at the 2022 Garma Key Forum, The Economic Agenda, on Sunday 31 July 2022.

This session looked to innovative economic development aspirations in remote Australia and was introduced by Paul Dobing, CEO of Developing East Arnhem Land. The session included a panel discussion with Ian Hamm, Chair, Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation and Joe Martin Jard, CEO, Northern Land Council, Waka Mununggurr, Knowledge Water and Rowan Foley of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.

Extract from Rowan’s speech: “Trade is something that Traditional Owners have been engaged in for thousands of years. What we are now trading is our knowledge and experience in terms of cultural fire. … There is now a demand for indigenous knowledge to address those fires. We have the ability to put in cultural burns, working with Traditional Owner groups throughout Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland that will reduce those bushfires, will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, will protect the biodiversity and more importantly, or just as importantly, provides an independent source of income for Aboriginal Rangers to put in cultural burns.”

The Garma Festival is Australia’s leading Indigenous Cultural Exchange Event. To listen to Rowan’s full address, visit the 2022 Garma Key Forum – The Economic Agenda: Rowan Foley, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation package on YouTube.


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