Heal Country, heal our nationOpens external site in a new window calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
For this year’s NAIDOC, Qantas would like to highlight our partnership with the North Kimberley Fire Abatement Project, facilitated by the Kimberley Land Council, through our carbon offset projects at Future Planet.
Getting back country, looking after country and getting control of the future is at the heart of the Kimberley Land Council philosophy.
Kimberley Aboriginal people, including the Dambimangari people, are using traditional fire management to look after country, ensure the passing-on of traditional knowledge, protect cultural and ecological values, and develop carbon businesses.
What does this mean?
Indigenous fire management under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) presents a win-win opportunity for Kimberley Aboriginal people – a sustainable means of looking after their country and cultural values, and real progress towards achieving economic independence and improving livelihoods from native title rights, while contributing to carbon abatement and climate change mitigation.
Kimberley Traditional Owners have to date registered six fire management projects under the ERF, using Indigenous traditional knowledge of early dry season burning and modern scientific practices to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere from unmanaged and potentially dangerous late-season wildfires.
What is the impact?
As a result of these fire management techniques, there is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere. This abatement is measured and carbon credits generated, which can be sold to government, industry or large emitters of greenhouse gasses. Indigenous management of fire is therefore a valuable commodity, saleable in today’s carbon market.
North Kimberley native title groups generated about 300,000 Kyoto Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) through undertaking fire management projects in the past two years. Since the start of the projects, over one million ACCUs have been generated. The revenue generated from carbon credit sales will provide Kimberley communities with the economic boost needed to continue undertaking fire management into the future and to establish other commercial businesses.