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Carbon farming opportunities for Traditional Custodians

Australia’s traditional custodians have always known the importance of caring for land and country.  For thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have managed land and waters sustainably. Carbon farming means you can be part of the solution to climate damage while building a more sustainable future while gaining real economic benefits for your community.

There are three main ways that traditional custodians can get involved in carbon farming:


  • Giving Consent

    Giving consent to land managers to run a carbon project on land where you are a Native Title Holder

  • Partnerships

    Partnering with a carbon project in your traditional country to provide services or knowledge

  • Projects

    Running your own carbon farming project on country that you own or manage

The Traditional Custodians we work with tell us they value:

Regaining access and connection to their traditional country and being able to return to cultural management practices;

Building partnerships with the carbon farming community that help them deliver and achieve their priorities and plans for the future

Fulfilling cultural obligations to keep land healthy

Giving the younger generation the opportunity to get out of urban areas and spend time on country

Providing skills and training for young people from the community

Contributing to Closing the Gap efforts by supporting and encouraging Indigenous-led land management

Gaining a new source of income for their community.

Types of carbon farming projects Traditional Custodians could get involved with

Giving consent for a carbon project

Climate Friendly partners with Native Title Holders in regions where we support carbon farming projects. We establish long term partnerships to achieve sustainable change and support the goals and priorities of the Native Title Holder group. Our partnerships include supporting improved access to country and opportunities for annual employment monitoring progress of the carbon farming project, as well as training and internship programs.

Consenting to a carbon farming project can be the beginning of a journey that leads to healthier land, better access to country, a more fulfilled younger generation and stronger communities.

Running your own carbon farming project

Traditional custodians can run their own carbon farming project on land that they own or manage.

For example, some traditional custodians who own or manage land across northern Australia run savanna burning carbon farming projects. This project method was informed by traditional knowledge and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural burning practices. These  projects have created ranger jobs and training opportunities on country that draw on both traditional knowledge and Western fire management practices. They also bring in an independent income to benefit future generations.

If your community owns or manages land in other parts of Australia, you might be able to participate in other types of carbon farming suitable for your country and aligned with your land management goals. Our expert team can help your community assess what type of carbon farming might be suitable on land that you directly manage.

Types of carbon farming projects Traditional Custodians could get involved with

Working with Climate Friendly

Climate Friendly is committed to actively supporting Australian regional communities and advancing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation process through a partnership approach.

We are proud to have launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2019 – a reflection of our commitment.

We hope that carbon farming can provide one avenue for the extensive knowledge and expertise of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in managing and living with the land to be recognised, acknowledged, shared and valued.