Rowan will deliver a presentation on Indigenous Verification Standards for Environmental, Social and Cultural Values
The Aboriginal Carbon Fund are Gold Sponsors of the 2018 Carbon Market Institute Summit. This year the focus is on the Reducing Carbon, Building Communities Fund.
Rowan spoke about the Reducing Carbon Building Communities Fund
Rowan spoke as the ‘Indigenous Innovator’
Lisa and Rowan spoke about Core Benefit Strategy
Mapoon Land & Sea Rangers piloted the Carbon Farming course developed by Aboriginal Carbon Fund, Centre for Appropriate Technologies and Caritas Australia
Rowan spoke about training and I spoke about Core Benefit Strategy in separate sessions
Rowan will try and put carbon farming on the northern Australia map. Can we do it this year?
Rowan and Barry met with the British Columbia First Nations Mining and Energy Council and other groups to discuss Indigenous carbon policy and building an Indigenous carbon investment fund.
Barry took part in the NTC this year in Townsville
AbCF again sponsored the summit and hosted a session paving the way for Indigenous carbon farmers in Australia.
Jeremy and Rowan joined the Oriners & Sefton project team to plot the future and get the 2017 program underway.
Our new Cairns Office lead Barry Hunter took the floor to outline AbCF support for carbon farming in the Cape.
The AbCF team hit the road with NAILSMA to answer those curly carbon farming questions. Borroloola, Jabiru and Wadeye visited to spread the gospel.
Peter tuned his banking experience at this entrepreneurial workshop helping to set up the Indigenous entrepreneurs of the future.
The AbCF annual gathering in Cairns to reflect on journeys and plot the way forward in 2017.
Jeremy presented at this all-in Cape York fire forum that brought together all practitioners and agencies across Cape York to talk fire management. Plenty of talk from traditional owners themselves and a talk on tenure by Jeremy himself. Here's the wrap from Cape York NRM.
Rowan went to the last session in Melbourne and spoke at the SDGA conference follow up aiming to stimulate action on the biggest social, environmental and economic challenges. Here's Rowan on investing in Aboriginal carbon farming in the lead-up.
The AbCF team participated in this tour-de-force savanna forum that brought together key practitioners and agencies together to discuss the finer points of rolling out a savanna method for increasing the carbon stored in the land. Stay tuned for more!
Rowan led a lineup of carbon speakers at this half day forum at the Territory NRM conference in Darwin.
Jeremy dusted off his memory of the internationals scene as the Carbon Market Institute gathered a forum of experts to take us through what to expect in Marrakech, Morocco in November.
Rowan headed to the coast to team up with the Carbon Market Institute as Queensland gears up for advancing their low carbon economy. AbCF has also arranged to offset the summit through the Kowanyama savanna burning project.
The AbCF team combined with Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy to present carbon farming workshops in Weipa, Rokeby and Cooktown. The workshops were mainly pitched at new carbon farmers who took home a shiny poster explaining how it works and a new curiosity about managing land in markets.
owan and Peter really did go to the big smoke to meet a range of corporate players interested in Indigenous carbon.
Jeremy attended an all in blue carbon workshop in Canberra. Blue carbon is bubbling along but there are still a lot of policy and science to go before a method might bubble to the surface. The hard thing (again) for Indigenous land is that it is largely intact and looked after.
Jeremy provided a legal alert at the Native Title Conference on the possible transition to a carbon storage method for savanna burning. Jeremy's and other presentations helped to keep carbon farming on the agenda in northern Australia.
AbCF again sponsored and took Aboriginal reps from Kowanyama and Kakadu to the national stage. For the bigger story of storming the summit visit our blog.
Rowan attended this big meeting of rangers to talk about carbon farming and the Department of Environment project on optimising opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the ERF. Plenty of good ideas and feedback.
Jeremy visited Derby and Broome to unpack the Wilinggin story as part of the Department of Environment project on optimising opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the ERF and sit in on regional fire meetings as well.
Jeremy participated in this traditional fire management panel session with keynotes from UN University and the Kimberley Land Council on savanna burning and issues in the Kimberley. Carbon farming lawyers activate!
The AbCF team gathered in Cairns to reflect on the journey so far and where we are heading in 2016. Was great to have the extended team of Rowan, Jeremy, Daryl and Peter together, along with Board member Allan. We all know each other better now!
Jeremy hit the road to visit land held by Barengi Gadjin Land Council and have a chat about carbon farming in western Victoria.
Rowan again helped take savanna stories of big smoke from down under all the way to Paris along with the Kimberley Land Council. Although not in Francais, you can read Rowan's story here.
Rowan combined time working on the Kakadu project with this CSIRO led workshop on the opportunities and lessons of working with indigenous fire knowledge in northern Australia.
Rowan headed to the big smoke to talk about bigger smoke coming from northern Australian savanna burning projects.
With the late fires coming, Daryl assisted the project team on the ground to stop late season fires burning across Aurukun. Fighting late season fires is the new story.
The Department of the Environment scheduled a well timed series of workshop on the ERF, savanna burning and pastoral opportunities. The AbCF rolled up in force, eager participants in all workshops with Jeremy also presenting on land tenure issues with a Queensland focus.
Rowan was up in Kakadu country talking to Parks Australia and traditional owners about how a carbon project in Kakadu National Park might make sense. Further field will be required to bring everyone to the table.
The dry is finally coming good in the Cape so it was the last chance to get out for the 2015 Aurukun burns. Lot of driving Daryl!
The humidity finally dropped and Daryl the burning machine headed out with the rangers on country to undertake the 2015 burns. Some nice cool burns to revive the country.
Rowan and Daryl attended the conference and tuned in to the land management themes on the table this year. Laura Dance Festival afterwards!
Rowan turned up for the Department of Environment's lessons and opportunities workshop in Darwin and to stand up for savanna projects in the north of Australia.
Daryl continued his fire tour to Laura for 'The Heat is On' fire workshop developed by Cape York Sustainable Futures. Daryl has been to nearly all the regional fire planning meetings! Way to go Daryl.
Rowan dusted off the fancy duds to present on behalf of traditional owners at the UNFCCC side event on savanna fire management at Bonn in Germany. Rowan practiced his German before departing but delivered his support for Australian fire expertise in images and English along with UN University.
Barely out of the saddle, Daryl is gone again to the regional fire planning workshop put on by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services at Musgrave Roadhouse at Weipa in the north of Cape York. With the increasing number of savanna projects, coordination is becoming a bigger issue.
Non-stop Daryl headed out with the Aurukun rangers to work on similar burning and projects plans for 2015 and beyond for the Aurukun project.
Daryl saddled up and went on country to work with the Kowanyama rangers to plan and develop burning and projects plans for 2015 and beyond.
Jeremy tried to find a jumper with patches, picked up the pointer and helped some environmental politics students come to grips with carbon farming and the travails for indigenous projects in a University of Melbourne guest lectu
Rowan gave voice to Aboriginal concerns at this workshop facilitated by the Monash Sustainability Institute to develop Australia's response to implementing the sustainable development goals. The workshop statement noted the over-arching priority of addressing disadvantage in indigenous communities.
The AbCF crew teamed up with the Kowanyama project to wow the summit with their story of building a ranger team in the 1990s and developing a savanna project to commercialise their work. Rowan also put in a star performance steering the voluntary market session.
Rowan and Jeremy took the challenge of presenting on carbon farming in the drier environment of central Australia at the Central Land Council. Lots of interest in learning about this new tool in the toolkit and interesting test drive of SavBAT2 (the savanna burning tool).
Rowan took the North Queensland Land Council across an Aboriginal carbon guide looking at pathways for Aboriginal carbon farming in north Queensland.
Daryl will use his 25 years of forest experience to bring together our roles on a new forest standard for Australia and carbon farming on Aboriginal land at the ANZIF 2015 Beyond Tenure forestry conference.
aryl led on emerging environmental economies at this Gulf Futures day hosted by Northern Gulf NRM.
Jeremy was in Sydney to help with a carbon workshop by our friends at Muru Mittigar. Our group had an interesting discussion pulling together the story for NSW and how land managers can build in carbon farming to their work.
The AbCF team headed off to Kowanyama to help the project team on the ground review the project to date and plan for the long term future. You can see our adventures here. Lucky it was a dry wet so not too many puddles!
As part of ongoing work with Girringun, Daryl attended their Indigenous Protected Area meeting and offered his 20 years of experience in land management and carbon projects.
Rowan and Daryl met up with the Northern Gulf Natural Resource Management group to talk about putting carbon and climate into their regional management plan.
Rowan shared the year's work on the carbon scene at an economic development workshop put on by the North Queensland Land Council.
Daryl soaked up the savanna enrichment master growers course put on by the indefatigable Kim Courtenay at the Kimberley Training Institute. Just need the method approved!
Rowan and Daryl journeyed to western Cape York to assist Cape York Sustainable Futures develop the Kowanyama savanna project on Oriners and Sefton station.
Jeremy attended an update on international negotiations leading up to Paris from a host of luminaries arranged by the Carbon Market Institute.
Rowan took some traditional owners out to Kondaperinga Station to have have a look at Djungan country and talk carbon farming.
The team made the case to continue support for Aboriginal jobs on country through carbon farming over meetings with the Department of the Environment, the Clean Energy Regulator and the Minister for the Environment.
Fair Carbon workshop no 2 was held in Melbourne in July. With many on the floor and on the phone, the workshop agreed a number of working groups to build on outcomes and to come together before the end of the year.
Rowan and Jeremy appeared at the Senate Inquiry into the CFI Amendment Bill 2014. AbCF was flying the flag for savanna burning and other Aboriginal carbon farming projects and trying to make the case that these long term land projects need a continuity of support to make them successful.
Jeremy brushed up his climate savvy at the Climate Reality Project training led by Al Gore!
Rowan and director Allan helped to run a planning and governance workshop for the Kowanyama carbon farming project on Oriners and Sefton station in north Queensland.
The annual native title conference - this year's themed "Living with native title - from the bush to the sea" was held in Coffs Harbour this year. In a carbon session, the AbCF team presented on trading Fair Carbon style and how projects are navigating the difficulties of land tenure. But it was the delegation from the Kimberley who stole the show with their 4 recently credited projects.
Rowan participated in discussions at this UN and Monash Sustainability Institute workshop on sustainable development goals for Australia.
AbCF hit the CMI Summit 2014 with force. Bringing in crews from the Kimberley and Cape York, we wowed the summit with real stories of Aboriginal carbon farming in action. Rowan also presented on a Fair Carbon system so carbon farmers can work together.
Rowan and Jeremy presented on options for carbon plays by native title corporations in north Queensland and the latest developments in this fluid environment.
Jeremy attended this boffins workshop by legal firm Norton Rose Fullbright on a legal guide they have prepared on the finer points of the CFI and the parameters of legal contracts covering carbon deals.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment ran a workshop in Darwin on developments with further savanna methodologies - both for lower rainfall and for sequestration. Very enlivening and optimistic. Jeremy contributed a presentation on carbon projects and Indigenous land tenure.
bCF hosted around 20 Indigenous and corporate carbon players to talk about an innovative system for selling carbon credits in uncertain times. With talks from Tim Flannery (Climate Council), Emma Herd (Westpac) and Neil Salisbury (Net Balance) it certainly was an interesting day.
Rowan gave a presentation developments on blue carbon (carbon project in the sea) around the world and in Australia and posed some of the challenges to realising a methodology
The team rounded out the travelling year with a number of meetings with the Department of the Environment and Parliamentarians including the Minister.
Rowan spoke on savanna enrichment as part of the methodology panel. Had a great three days talking and speaking to a range of players from the carbon sector. More of a collegiate atmosphere than years gone by. You can check out our blogs on the Direct Action panel and the Minister.
Jeremy participated in a regional carbon workshop in Adelaide arranged by the Alinytjara Wilurara National Resource Management group and the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. This was an innovative idea by the groups to gather a range of industry experts in one room to help devise a plan to think about the opportunities for carbon. Plenty of food for thought. The Alinytjara Wilurara NRM area covers the western third of SA.
Jeremy continued his foray into carbon financial markets at another module run by Australian Financial Markets Association. Now to the study!
Jeremy participated in a workshop on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund run by the Department of the Environment in Canberra. Now to write the submission!
Rowan and Allister were talking carbon agribusiness and how to make a short film about the savanna enrichment story with various groups in Broome.
Jeremy participated in a CMI Working Group meeting with the Hon Greg Hunt MP. The Minister tabled this paper and the Working Group asked a series of questions about the paper and the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Rowan, Jeremy and Allister drove the winding track out to Badjuballa Station to have a chat about carbon farming and have a look around the property. There might be some opportunities to help sacred sites with carbon farming.
Rowan and Allister attended this workshop to learn about the Regulator's perspective on savanna projects and talk to plenty of folk as well. Rowan gave a presentation on selling savanna in the marketplace.
Rowan helped facilitate the Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee planning on how to manage country for the future in the Fitzroy Basin. Jeremy chipped in with an introductory session on climate change and carbon including an account of the changes currently taking place. Hosted by the Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee on behalf of traditional owners in the Rockhampton region.
Rowan, Jeremy and Allister checked out the progress on the savanna enrichment methodology plots on the sunny north-west coast. Kim Courtenay at the Kimberley Training Institute showed us around and we held a planning session to discuss next steps.
Rowan, Jeremy and Allister had an interesting visit out with the traditional owners and managers of Twin Hills Station south of Darwin. Plenty of cattle on the floodplains, crocs in the river and a few burning patches too!
Allister and Jeremy tuned up their carbon market skills at the specialist module run by Australian Financial Markets Association. Plenty of carbon farming players in attendance - a good sign for the upskilling of the industry.
Rowan and Jeremy attended a session on the methodology development process by the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Climate Change.
Jeremy attended the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Symposium on Indigenous Peoples, Economic Empowerment and Agreements with Extractive Industries held at the University of Melbourne.
Rowan presented as part of a carbon panel at the Native Title Conference in Alice Springs. Rowan and Jeremy both attended.
Kimberley Land Council hosted a ranger forum showcasing the great work rangers have done at Gambanan on the Dampier Peninsula in WA. Rowan attended and discussed the carbon projects being developed in the Kimberley.
Rowan and Jeremy held an introductory workshop with the Djungan traditional owners and conducted a site visit on Kondaperinga Station.
Rowan organised another workshop to progress work on the enrichment methodology in Broome. Around 12 experts participated in the workshop covering how the methodology works, what further research steps are required and a site visit to the Balu Buru Training and Research Centre where there is a trial plot.
Rowan gave an introductory presentation on carbon farming agribusiness to this regional forum.
Rowan and Jeremy ran a climate change and carbon workshop over 2 days for traditional owners in the Einasleigh Bioregion around Georgetown. Loved the evening videos under the stars! Hosted by North Queensland Land Council.
Rowan and Jeremy delivered a climate change and carbon farming workshop for traditional owners in the Ingham region. Hosted by North Queensland Land Council.
Rowan participate in this national workshop to look at adaptation actions going on around the country. Jeremy also presented in his role with the Australian Government. Organised by Monash University.
Rowan tried to unravel Aboriginal land and the CFI with lawyers from around the country in this masterclass workshop run by the Aurora Project. Lucky Emily Gerrard from the National Indigenous Climate Change Project and Jeremy in his role with the Australian Government were there to lend a hand! Around 30 lawyers from representative bodies around the country were taken through different hypothetical projects in different jurisdictions.
Rowan helped to gather around 30 Indigenous representatives from around Australia to negotiate directly with the then Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, the Hon Mark Dreyfus MP QC. Issues discussed included land, methodologies and co-benefits.
Rowan presented as part of the carbon panel series at the 2012 conference on developing an Indigenous carbon sector. Jeremy also participated in his role with the Australian Government.
Rowan presented an introductory workshop on climate and carbon to traditional owners in the Dubbo region. The workshop was initiated by passionate local David Towney (RedDust).
The Australian Government and the National Indigenous Climate Change Project jointly held a workshop on the Carbon Farming Initiative and co-benefits arising from carbon projects. Rowan provided an industry perspective and Jeremy participated for the Australian Government. Other presenters included Sue Salvin (GHD) on case studies and Cathy Robinson (CSIRO) and Emily Gerrard (National Indigenous Climate Change Project) on co-benefits. About 30 participants were from the Cairns and Cape York regions.
The UN University workshop on Indigenous Climate Change Mitigation was attended by about 70 delegates from across the globe to look at how Indigenous knowledge and practices is informing climate change mitigation. Rowan presented on the work to develop an Indigenous carbon sector in Australia. Jeremy helped UN University to arrange the workshop in his role with the Australian Government.
Rowan offered a key carbon workshop at the Indigenous Land Management Conference 2012 to delegates over in Perth.
Rowan arranged a one day workshop with about 10 key industry players to discuss the options and further research required for an enrichment methodology based around the gubinge tree or Kakadu plum.
The Australian Government coordinated another roundtable chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, the Hon Mark Dreyfus MP QC, to discuss issues in the land consultation paper. Rowan helped to organise the Indigenous delegates through briefings prior to the roundtable.
The Australian Government convened a roundtable of Indigenous delegates from around the country chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, the Hon Mark Dreyfus MP QC. The roundtable discussed land issues associated with the draft CFI legislation, especially around native title. Rowan provided a strong voice for the Indigenous sector at the roundtable.
With the CFI legislation in Parliament, the conference added a carbon panel to the program. Rowan gave an overview of the challenges for the Indigenous carbon sector, including the need for proper industry standards, to the well attended session of around 100 people.
Rowan spearheaded with the National Indigenous Climate Change Project collecting key Indigenous voices at a national forum to consider developments on the Carbon Farming Initiative and get involved in the conversation. Around 30 delegates from around the country participated issuing a communique at the conclusion calling for more proactive participation of Indigenous people in the development of carbon markets.
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