Carbon credit plan fires burning ambitions

Carbon credit plan fires burning ambitions

29 July 2011

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Australia — A Northern Territory organisation planning to sell carbon credits through traditional burning of savannah country says it is expanding into Western Australia and Queensland.

The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance is developing a model using traditional burning methods to reduce bushfires and carbon emissions.

Chief executive Joe Morrison says the Arnhem Land project is being adopted by Indigenous groups in the North Kimberley, Gulf Country and Western Cape York.

He says the Federal Government’s price on carbon is helping to boost confidence.

“People are pretty excited about the prospects of their knowledge and their environmental services being valued in this way … that Indigenous knowledge about the management of fire is something that potentially will be taken seriously by the market and people will pay a price for it,” he said.

Mr Morrison says the government price on carbon credits gives the alliance certainty to move forward.

“I think the prices are pretty good and allow us a way in which we can start building a business case,” he said.

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