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Carbon offset scheme can be an economic winner for Australia’s Aborigines

Centrefarm has urged the Government to make new laws to enshrine Aboriginal ownership of the carbon stored on their land.

Carbon offset scheme aims to use Indigenous land – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Alex Johnson and Paul Serratore  Oct 26, 2010 A not-for-profit group in Central Australia is establishing a scheme to encourage Australians to offset their carbon emissions on Indigenous land.

Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture has discussed its Aboriginal carbon fund at a climate change forum in Alice Springs.

Project manager Rowan Foley says a lot of Indigenous land is suitable for storing carbon.

He says similar schemes overseas have shown that people are prepared to pay a premium for carbon credits on Indigenous land.

“I believe there’s a lot of mums and dads in Melbourne and Sydney and throughout the whole of Australia who would like to support Aboriginal people trying to manage their own country,” he told the ABC’s Country Hour.

“And they’re willing to pay an extra dollar or two for the carbon that’s generated.

“They want to see employment, they want to see the country looked after, they want to see strong culture, they want to see healthy communities.”

Centrefarm has urged the Government to make new laws to enshrine Aboriginal ownership of the carbon stored on their land.

“Aboriginal carbon property rights is the new frontier and I just want to make sure that Aboriginal people are not diddled out of their carbon rights,” Mr Foley said.

“It’s something that Aboriginal people can make money out of.

“We don’t want to see that economic benefit going to the Government, we want to see it going to the people.”

Carbon offset scheme aims to use Indigenous land – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

October 26, 2010 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy | , , , , , ,

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