Indigenous fire project to earn carbon credits
ABC Australia, 2 November 2012

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: An Indigenous-owned property in the Northern Territory will be home to the first savanna burning project approved under the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) in Australia. It is estimated that Fish River Station, about 200 kilometres south of Darwin, could earn 20,000 carbon credits a year by strategically burning the rangelands in the early months of the dry season, which reduces the fuel load and the severity of late season fires (a major contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions). The project aims to reduce Australia’s carbon pollution, while providing employment for Indigenous people and significant environmental benefits for the landscape. The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) has worked closely with the Indigenous Land Corporation (which owns Fish River) to develop its fire project. NAILSMA’s Joe Morrison said CFI approval for the Fish River Fire Project is a win for environmental management across northern Australia, Indigenous economic development and traditional owners. “Fish River used to be hit hard by uncontrolled fires and historically 69 per cent of the property would be badly damaged each year,” he said. “By using traditional knowledge supported by modern technology, in the last two years much cooler fires have resulted in less than 3 per cent of the property now being burnt by late season wild fires, which has also helped to protect adjacent pastoral properties.” Read the article …