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Resources for First Nations considering carbon on Country

The Carbon on Country resources are now available to guide NSW Aboriginal landholders through the carbon project journey.  

Land-based carbon projects are often referred to as ‘carbon farming’. These types of projects reduce emissions by either storing carbon in soil or vegetation or by avoiding emissions that would have otherwise gone into the atmosphere.  

Cropping is undertaken alongside a reforestation and afforestation project on Barooga Karrai, Wiradjuri Country
Cropping is undertaken alongside a reforestation and afforestation project on Barooga Karrai, Wiradjuri Country. Photo credit: Bill Code

Through using the newly released Carbon on Country resources, you can learn how to ensure projects align with community aspirations, the key steps involved to implement a project, as well as potential risks and benefits to consider.  

The resources include a comprehensive guide, as well as factsheets that cover the following key topics: 

  • An overview of carbon farming 

  • Designing your carbon project 

  • Culture and carbon 

  • Understanding carbon potential on Country  

Done well, carbon projects can provide opportunities to heal Country, with the additional benefit of generating income. They can also enhance the resilience of Country to the effects of climate change.  

Collection of native seeds.
Native seeds collected at Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, Burrumbuttock, Wiradjuri Country. Photo credit: Joy M Lai 

However, carbon markets can be complex, so it’s important to get the facts, discuss with community and ensure any service providers are aware of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). These principles are vital to meaningful participation and ensuring First Nations Peoples retain the rights to their knowledge, culture, stories and practice.

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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