Protecting the rights of, as well as creating opportunities for, indigenous communities is a key principle in FSC's approach to responsible forest management. FSC Australia has recognised for some time that to deliver a credible FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Australia, the level of engagement with indigenous stakeholders needed targeted focus, expertise and resources.
FSCA is currently partnering with the Aboriginal Carbon Fund (AbCF) on a separate consultation process with Indigenous Australians, in recognition of the unique status of Indigenous Australians as the original forest owners and managers holding ownership of large forest areas in northern Australia, and also because modern approaches to consultation are not always culturally appropriate.
For more information: http://aboriginalcarbonfund.com.au/fsc-indigenous- […]
Expressions of Interest sought
The objective of the IWG is to provide representational and expert feedback to FSC Australia’s various processes on indigenous issues and forestry in Australia. People with experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
- Land conservation and management,
- Cultural and natural resources management policies and practices,
- Cultural heritage legislation and policy,
- Cultural mapping,
- Indigenous focused commercial enterprises and partnerships,
- Use of non-timber forest products,
- Business development; commercial or entrepreneurial,
- Community development and enterprise development, training and employment
- Forestry management, policies and practices
- Legal/ Intellectual property, traditional knowledge
- Australian and international indigenous rights and interests.
Selection will ensure that women are represented on the IWG and representation that is nationally balanced is proposed. The IWG will meet in person at least once per year and use teleconference facilities for other relevant meetings. Meeting and travel costs will be met. If interested in applying for membership please send a covering letter and resume by COB Friday 24th October to:
Aboriginal Carbon Fund
Email: rowan at abcfund.com point au
Mail: PO Box 2429 Alice Springs NT 0871
If you would like to discuss any points please contact Rowan Foley on mobile 0427 013 318 or office: 0889 53 0583.
Terms of Reference below.
Indigenous Communications Report
Following Expressions of Interest received, FSC Australia awarded the tender to Environment Land Heritage to provide us with advice as to how to effectively engage with Indigenous peoples in Australia.
This is a report to FSC Australia from the consultants that is under consideration. We will be actively seeking funding to ensure some of the recommendations in this report can be delivered.