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Carbon for Aboriginal landholders

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and show our respect for Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise First Nations' ongoing stewardship and respect the lands we walk on and communities we walk with. We commit to working together with First Nations' towards improved economic, social, environmental and cultural outcomes. 

‘Regeneration’ by Gumbaynggir woman, Josie Rose

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Carbon on Country: a guide for NSW Aboriginal landholders and managers. Read here

Carbon projects can provide opportunities to heal Country and get paid for it

Carbon projects can pave the way for jobs on Country and can also bring a range of cultural, environmental and economic outcomes, known as 'co-benefits'.

Carbon farming refers to land management activities that reduce carbon emissions by either storing carbon in soil or vegetation (sequestration) or by avoiding emissions that would have otherwise gone into the atmosphere.

Projects need to be registered under an approved method that explains how to carry out a project and measure the emissions being sequestered or avoided.

In Australia, the national standard for developing a carbon project is the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), administered by the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator (CER).

Choose a method that aligns with your community’s broader cultural, environmental and economic aspirations for Country.

Download the full guide and factsheets to learn more about carbon farming and whether a project could be a good fit for your Country and community. 

Outcomes for Country, culture and community

By listening to knowledge holders and community, a project can help share knowledge between and across generations. 

Putting cultural values at the centre of the project and bringing community together is a good place to start. This could mean walking on Country with Elders to learn what used to be there and what plants are needed to bring back totemic species.

Download the resources to learn more:

Talk to your community, board or organisation about carbon farming

You can share this presentation with your organisation, or contact us for tailored support.

Further reading 


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The Carbon on Country resources are funded under the Primary Industries Productivity and Abatement Program, an initiative of the NSW Net Zero Plan. Find out more about PIPAP at energy.nsw.gov.au/netzeroland.