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Research project to lift indigenous opportunities in the ERF

Where do we want the carbon farming industry to be in 2025? What are the barriers to successfully establishing a carbon farming agribusiness on Aboriginal lands? And what are the benefits?

The Aboriginal Carbon Fund (AbCF) has been contracted by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment to undertake an Aboriginal carbon farming research project. Through the project we plan to investigate a few of these difficult questions and attempt to map out some pathways forward.

The project will also draw upon three detailed case studies from Cape York in Queensland, the Kimberley in Western Australia and the Top End in the Northern Territory. We are willing to subcontract to groups for each of the case studies.

Specifically, the proposed research and analysis aims to document the challenges and benefits associated with Indigenous participation in the ERF and identify potential opportunities to expand this participation. This work will include the investigation of projects in Northern Australia and will consider a range of situations, spanning successful projects through to circumstances where projects to date have proven difficult or impossible.

Are there ways we can lift indigenous participation in the ERF?

The employment, economic, social, cultural and biodiversity benefits of carbon farming are starting to become clearer. However, there are a number of complex factors and barriers to overcome to make a sustainable project.

Please feel free to contact Jeremy or Rowan if you are interested in the case study work, and we hope to speak to you further about this research project work in general. We will present the findings of this work at a workshop during 2016.

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