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Dr Dean Yibarbuk | Co-Chair, Indigenous Carbon Industry Network

Dr Dean Munuggullumurr Yibarbuk is a traditional owner of Djinkarr, near Maningrida and of Yanjkobarnem in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area. Dean’s language is Gurrgoni. Dean has been prominent in development and conservation issues for the past three decades, travelling widely in Australia and overseas to speak on fire management and other conservation issues. He was the driving force behind the development of the Djelk rangers, one of Australia’s first Indigenous ranger groups, in 1991. He was also a leader in the formation of Warddeken Land Management in West Arnhem Land, which registered Australia’s first Indigenous savanna fire management carbon project in 2006 using traditional knowledge of savanna burning practices. Dean was also a founding director of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network (ARPnet) hosted by Charles Darwin University (CDU). He is the inaugural Director and Co-Chair of ICIN Ltd, Chair of Warddeken Land Management Limited and Co-Chair of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust.