Forum Program 2018

Feb 27-28, 2018. Oaks Elan Hotel, 31 Woods St, Darwin

The Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, together with government and industry partners, held the first national Savanna Fire and Carbon forum, focused on supporting operational best-practice and the cohesive development of the Savanna fire and carbon industry. This forum aims to facilitate discussion around enabling the sharing of experiences from across northern Australia and identifying critical issues for the future of the industry.

Forum report is available here: Fire and Carbon Forum 2018

For more information contact:

  • Cameron Yates Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research: 0438870536
  • Kate Richardson Bushfires NT: 0439878273
  • Dr. Jennifer Ansell ALFA (NT) Limited – Arnhem Land Fire Abatement: 0437272043
  • Paul Donohoe Indigenous Land Corporation: 0477742598

Detailed Forum agenda:

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Day 1 Afternoon Session

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Session details

DAY 1: Morning

Best Practise in Fire Management

Coordinator: Andrew Edwards

Many Savanna burning projects have been successful in terms of changing fire regimes; NAFI mapping is illustrative of this right across north Australia. Consequently, many projects have reduced their emissions and are earning enough Australian Carbon Credit Units to pay for their programs. In this session, we will hear from established and emerging projects about best practise fire management and the successes and challenges encountered in their region.

DAY 1: Afternoon

Emissions Reduction Fund methods and the forward pathway

Coordinators:    Ben Docker;
Cameron Yates

 The savanna methods reflect an understanding of ecological processes and the available data at a point in time. An iterative process in both data collection, interpretation and modelling that builds on existing approaches is fundamental to the continued improvement in integrity and accuracy of savanna fire management methods and the accounting for savanna carbon stocks and emissions in the national inventory.

In this theme we will explore the new opportunities and challenges that come with sequestration methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund and the practicalities of moving to and conducting a project under the new savanna sequestration method. We will also examine the current status of existing and further research as an input to developing a savanna science roadmap to help guide further efforts based on a common understanding of opportunities and constraints through a model for collaborative engagement.


DAY 2: Morning

Monitoring and Evaluation

Coordinator: Jennifer Ansell

Savanna burning projects can show demonstrable greenhouse gas abatements, however, the production of carbon credits is not necessarily an indicator of good fire management.  Whilst there is a growing body of scientific data in regards to ecological indicators of best practise fire management, many Aboriginal ranger groups engaged in savanna burning projects are also developing innovative monitoring frameworks incorporating social, cultural and environmental indicators to evaluate the success of their fire management programs. This theme will explore some of the exciting monitoring and evaluation initiatives that are happening in northern Australia across a range of land tenures in regards to fire management projects.

Tools and Training;

Coordinators:    Peter Jacklyn
Rohan Fisher

The savanna burning carbon projects across north Australia are now a young industry set for significant growth – yet they are limited by a lack of training resources and programs. Very few training courses are available for on-ground fire managers, coordinators and project managers that feature the appropriate content for what is an innovative, emerging industry. Nor are there broader programs around skill development and training structures that can provide career paths for people involved in these projects.  Appropriate training and skills development would not only improve the running of projects, it would allow people with valuable local knowledge and experience to pursue careers within this new industry so they can have greater influence on what is taking place on their country. Another important aspect of building capacity for the fire and carbon industry are the digital tools available for fire management. Many projects are starting to move beyond the data and tools currently provided by NAFI and need, for example, higher resolution fire scars and new reporting tools.

This theme will explore what the training and career paths needs of the fire and carbon industry are and how the content might be developed and delivered. It will look at what digital tools are needed and how they could be developed and funded.

DAY 2: Afternoon

Industry Development

Coordinator: Jennifer Ansell

The savanna burning projects in northern Australia make a significant contribution towards Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The savanna burning projects comprise a significant proportion of the overall number of registered eligible offsets projects and are significant producers of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). This contribution is likely to grow with the potential for new savanna burning projects and the ability of projects to engage with new savanna burning sequestration methodologies.  There is also the potential for new markets to develop in relation to the significant co-benefits associated with savanna burning. In this theme we will explore the current savanna burning industry, its role within the larger Carbon Farming Industry and examine how the industry may develop in order to meet regional and state goals as well as Australia’s long term emissions reduction targets.