Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils Pty Ltd
An innovative partnership involving the Kutkabubba aboriginal community in Western Australia, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils Pty Ltd produces sandalwood oil for export to the global luxury perfume market. The partnership provides a unique avenue to create a value-added product from sandalwood, a sacred plant for the Kutkabubba and a key part of the spiritual identity of the Central Desert Aboriginal tribes. This innovative economic model is redefining how society can engage with aboriginal communities in Western Australia by providing the both industry and governments with a best practice approach for natural product sustainable supply chains. By embracing sustainable harvesting, valorizing traditional knowledge and cultural practices, and ensuring socioeconomic independence for the Kutkabubba aboriginal community, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils provides a powerful new economy model for sustainable development.
Equator Prize Winner: 2019
Location: West Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
Ecosystem:Forests, Grasslands and Drylands