Greens secure win for Indigenous Australians on carbon farming

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The Australian Greens say their amendments to the Carbon Farming Initiative provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to earn carbon credits for activities including improved savannah fire, livestock care, feral animal control, fertiliser, soil or forest management, reforestation and vegetation growth.

The original bill restricted the benefits to holders of exclusive native title, severely constraining the number of people and communities who could benefit.

“The Greens have successfully passed an amendment which now expands that participation to the holders of non-exclusive native title,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said today.

“One of the great advantages of moving to a low carbon economy is that it provides jobs and economic opportunities to Indigenous Communities.

“It not only enables communities to protect and enhance their land, but they will also be able to participate in the expansion of renewable energy.

“The Greens are working to make sure that we maximise opportunities and we are delighted that we have been able to persuade the government to expand this initiative.

“Our next task is to make sure Indigenous communities are provided with the information and skills to be able to take up these opportunities and develop suitable projects.

“The Greens are working, through the MPCCC, to deliver on this as well,” Senator Milne said.

“Addressing climate change whilst providing Indigenous communities with employment opportunities and restoring and enhancing the biodiversity of their country is a great initiative,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs said today.

“It would have been a lost opportunity if the Government had persisted in restricting the access to the CFI to exclusive native title holders.

“The Greens have listened to the National Native Title Council, the Kimberley Land Council and other stakeholders and have delivered for them,” said Senator Siewert.