By choosing to invest in Aboriginal carbon farming projects, government, corporate and individual investors achieve a range of benefits and deliverables. They meet their commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation can provide introductions and connections, bringing Aboriginal carbon farmers and carbon investors together for mutual advantage and growth. More information below.
One key benefit for the Australian government and other investors in Aboriginal carbon projects, is the contribution these projects make towards the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Internationally, the United Nations Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators has established a guiding framework with objectives and indicators for all UN Member Countries (IAEG-SDGs, 2017).
An Australian consortium body has been working on how to progress the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. It is foreseeable the core-benefits from Aboriginal carbon projects, could contribute to reporting our national and local level achievements against many of the SDGs.
In addition, verified Aboriginal carbon farming provides investors the chance to meet their commitment to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) in one investment, offering a time and cost-effective approach to meeting their requirements.
Verification provides assurance to corporate investment that the stated benefits are bona fide and provides an opportunity to develop relationships with the Aboriginal suppliers, thus encouraging continued investment in Aboriginal economies and carbon emissions reduction.
The AbCF signed a Memoranda of Understanding with Agforce Queensland that aims to implement a collaborative approach to issues of common interest. This allows us to work together in the development of primary production and carbon industries with environmental, social and cultural values.
The establishment of this agreed code of conduct enables discussion and collaboration, concerning best practice rural land use for the peer to peer verification of environmental, social and cultural values.
Promotion of these values and best practice management will increase financial profitability of rural commodities in the market domestically and internationally, providing a link to the UN SDG’s. Developing a Farmer to Farmer (peer to peer) approach with customized tools will promote rural employment opportunities, recognize local expertise and provide investment in regional communities.
A Farmer to Farmer training program will be developed to link grazing BMP to the current nationally accredited Carbon Farming and Core Benefits Management training program that is based on a Ranger to Ranger approach.
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