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Sustainability, carbon and co-benefits

May 22, 2020

Sustainability, carbon and co-benefits are key focus areas for the 10 Deserts Project.   These activities are about how can we sustain the project outcomes for the long-term.

To date we have investigated carbon credits feasibility under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), explored the development of a healthy country credit, developed and commenced implementation of a regional tourism strategy and lodged a couple of proposals for a Right-way Desert Fire Program and funding for new Indigenous ranger teams in the desert.

While carbon is not looking feasible under the ERF, we still think we have a positive contribution to make to reducing Australia’s green house gas emissions by putting right-way fire into the desert. Work is proceeding on developing a field research program and seeking direct investment for emissions reductions, whether that is from government or other stakeholders. Click here for more information on the feasibility study and how we are proceeding.

Healthy country credits will be a way of allowing philanthropic foundations and corporates committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals or other national and international targets to invest in supporting Indigenous land management organisations across the desert in improving habitat and biodiversity. This will be primarily done through more consistent and strategic fire management using both traditional and contemporary practices but as we know also provides other social, cultural and economic benefits for traditional owners and remote communities. Further field research is required to demonstrate how the positive trends in fire sizes and seasonality (that can be shown from satellite imagery) impact biodiversity on the ground.

The project is working with conservation and Indigenous organisations on developing a biodiversity credit market. The market would provide a framework or vehicle within which healthy country credits could be bought and sold.

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