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Indigenous benefits and carbon offset schemes: An Australian case study


Robinson, CJ and Renwick, AR and May, T and Gerrard, E and Foley, R and Battaglia, M and Possingham, H and Griggs, D and Walker, D, Indigenous benefits and carbon offset schemes: An Australian case study, Environmental Science and Policy, 56 pp. 129-134. ISSN 1462-9011 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Crown Copyright 2015

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.007


The nexus between human rights and the environment is a key issue for climate policymakers and Indigenous peoples around the world. We combine national spatial, social and biological datasets from Australia to describe where Indigenous carbon projects are happening, why Indigenous people are participating, and how effective these schemes might be at marrying Indigenous co-benefit, biodiversity and carbon emission mitigation goals. Our study shows that many Indigenous people engage in carbon offset schemes as part of their broader cultural responsibility for landscapes, and that they seek to grow the relationship between social and ecological benefits. It also highlights the challenges associated with designing carbon offset schemes that address the impacts of climate change and respond to Indigenous peoplesí world views about what is required to sustain cultural-social-ecological systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, indigenous rights, carbon offsets scheme, co-benefits, environmental planting
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:Battaglia, M (Dr Michael Battaglia)
ID Code:117468
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-06-15
Last Modified:2017-08-23

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