We work with a range of organisations that align with our cause and assist us to have impact, achieve meaningful conservation outcomes and work toward a vision for the Daintree rainforest where its pristine ecological systems are managed by its Traditional Owners. Our current Strategic Partner is the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation.
We work very closely with our Strategic Partners to ensure that we design and deliver conservation programs efficiently and that we reach a diverse range of people to provide them with as many opportunities to support our cause as possible.
Subsequent to a native title determination that included the settlement of 15 ‘Indigenous Land Use Agreements’ (ILUA’s), the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people established the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation and the Jabalbina Land Trust in 2007 to represent the interests of the native title holders. Rainforest 4 Foundation transfers properties purchased under its Save The Daintree Program which have outstanding environmental values to Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation. The Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation works with the Queensland State Government to have the blocks added to the Daintree National Park estate, to be jointly managed as National Park within Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land (CYPAL). With support from Traditional Owners, the state is also converting existing national parks, to be jointly managed with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service as national parks under the CYPAL agreement, with Aboriginal freehold as the underlying tenure.
The achievements of this program were acknowledged in the 2021 Queensland Reconciliation Awards and received the Partnership Award and the Premiers Choice Award. The Save the Daintree program and the partnership between Rainforest 4 Foundation and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation is built on respect, care and the shared values of protecting the Daintree’s globally significant conservation and cultural values while also reconnecting people with Traditional Land.