Indigenous benefits and carbon offset schemes: an Australian case study

Robinson, Catherine J., Renwick, Anna R., May, Tracey, Gerrard, Emily, Foley, Rowan, Battaglia, Michael, Possingham, Hugh, Griggs, David and Walker, Daniel (2016) Indigenous benefits and carbon offset schemes: an Australian case study. Environmental Science and Policy, 56 129-134. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.007

Author Robinson, Catherine J.
Renwick, Anna R.
May, Tracey
Gerrard, Emily
Foley, Rowan
Battaglia, Michael
Possingham, Hugh
Griggs, David
Walker, Daniel
Title Indigenous benefits and carbon offset schemes: an Australian case study
Journal name Environmental Science and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6416
Publication date 2016-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.007
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 56
Start page 129
End page 134
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract 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 peoples’ world views about what is required to sustain cultural-social-ecological systems.
Keyword Carbon offsets scheme
Climate change
Environmental planting
Indigenous rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
Official 2016 Collection
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