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Climate change and carbon farming in Northern Australia: Education manual for facilitators (2015)

PDF and videos - NAILSMA and Live & Learn Environmental Education developed this manual as part of NAILSMA’s Carbon Program to support land managers in Northern Australia. The manual content is written primarily for carbon farming project developers or organisations (local and other) that deliver extension and outreach services to Indigenous land owners and land managers. The manual is supplemented by two videos which are available in both Kriol and English versions. The first is an animation on climate change in North Australia (Kriol version and English version) and the second is an animation on opportunities to implement savana burning methodologies in north Australia (Kriol version and English version).


Savanna burning methodology approved (2012)

Websites - The Australian government, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE), has approved the Savanna burning methodology under the Carbon Farming Initiative.


Design of the Carbon Farming Initiative - Consultation Paper (2011)

PDF - This consultation paper was the government's first step in dialogue with stakeholders about the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). It describes and seeks stakeholder feedback on a range of options in relation to the design of the scheme. Submissions were due by 21 January, 2011.


Indigenous Australians Fight Climate Change with Fire (2011)

Heckbert, S. Russell-Smith, J. Reeson, A. James, G. 2011. Solutions. Vol 2, No. 6. pp. 50-56

The increase in uncontrolled wildfires in northern Australia is a result of the breakdown of traditional fire management regimes. Indigenous communities in Australia are capitalizing on new opportunities to engage in carbon markets and to restore traditional land management to northern Australia. The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) project uses carbon credits to generate revenues and employment in remote regions of Australia, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and protecting native biodiversity.

Article - The Solutions Journal website


Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australian Savannas (2009)

Documents a remarkable collaboration between Arnhem Land’s traditional landowners and the scientific community to arrest a potentially catastrophic fire-driven decline in the natural and cultural assets of the region – not by excluding fire, but by using it better through restoration of Indigenous control over burning.

Book - Edited by: Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Whitehead, Peter Cooke, CSIRO Publishing


Tropical Fire Ecology - Climate Change, Land Use, and Ecosystem Dynamics (2009)

Book by Mark A. Cochrane.

Article: Aboriginal fire use in Australian Tropical Savannas: Ecological Effects and Management Lessons (2009)

Tom Vigilante, Tom Vigilante, Brett P. Murphy and David M. J. S. Bowman, Springer Praxis Books, 2009, Tropical Fire Ecology, Part II, Pages 143-167


Risks from Climate Change to Indigenous Communities in the Tropical North (2009)

Department of Climate Change - DCC (2009) - Released 2010

This scoping study presents an assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on Indigenous
settlements and communities across tropical northern Australia, including the Torres Strait Islands and the
Pilbara region of Western Australia.


International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity (2010)

The aim of the Conference was to contribute to transforming political commitments into concrete actions by developing recommendations towards effectively integrating biological and cultural diversity into development cooperation strategies and programmes.The Website contains relevant links and resources.

Website - The Convention on Biological Diversity


UNU - Institute of Advanced Study - (2010)

Guest Article: The Road Ahead in Climate Change Negotiations by Sam Johnston and Vicky Tauli-Corpus
This article provides an analysis of the outcome of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) and possible priorities for 2010 from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples.


Carbon Country Update - Catalyst (ABC 2009)

"It’s soon after the wet season in western Arnhem land, and flames are trickling around our feet. These Aboriginal rangers are pioneering the first carbon trading project of its kind in the world." Mark Horstman

Televised Program - Catalyst Story Archive


Carbon trading and REDD (2010)

The maintenance and enhancement of natural carbon stocks, e.g. through Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD), is now considered a key climate change mitigation measure.

Website - Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services: exploring co-benefits


Climate Change Adaptation and Social Protection (2009)

Institute of Development Studies

Report by Dr Tom Mitchell


A Healthy Environment (2010)

Election Paper - A Healthy Environment - Julia Gillard and Labor, Let's move Australia forward


Carbon Farming Initiative (2010)

Fact Sheet - Julia Gillard and Labor


Fighting Carbon with Fire

UNU Short Film - with Dean Yibarbuk (2009), Senior Ranger and Indigenous Ecologist, Warddeken Land Management Ltd, Arnhem Land Australia


Climate Change Cape York (2009)

UNU Short film - Sea level rise in Kowanyama, Cape York, Australia


Climate Change Experiences in Northern Australia - Health, Adaptation, Fire Management and Global Relevance - (2008)

This booklet contains the proceedings of an International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples
and Climate Change - a collaborative effort between Charles Darwin University (CDU), the
United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge
Initiative, and the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance
(NAILSMA), held at CDU on 3 April 2008.


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