Rowan Foley

Rowan Foley

Rowan Foley

General Manager, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

At the Banksia Ignite program, Rowan Foley, General Manager, Aboriginal Carbon Fund opens the forum with amazing insights on what it takes to launch the nation’s first private carbon trading fund; the Reducing Carbon Building Communities Fund (RCBC).

Rowan Foley comes from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island). Rowan is the General Manager of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund (AbCF) not-for-profit company and was a Director for the Territory Natural Resource Management Board (TNRM) for six years.

Rowan first arrived in the NT in 1989 working as a ranger at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and later returned in 2005 to be the Park Manager living at Mutitjulu community for a total of six years. Working at Uluru he gained a working knowledge of the Pitjantjatjara language.

Rowan was the first Land Management Officer employed by the Kimberley Land Council in 1995 establishing their Land and Sea Management Unit and negotiated the first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in Western Australia at Paruku (Lake Gregory).

Rowan gave a formal presentation at the UNFCCC in Bon Germany on savanna burning undertaken in northern Australia by Traditional Owners and attended the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 as a member of an Australian Carbon Industry delegation. Rowan will give a formal paper on the peer-to-peer standard at the World Symposium on Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Edinburgh June 2018.

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