Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

Solomon Islands delegation tours Fiji to learn about REDD+
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:09
A delegation of ten people from Solomon Islands is on a one-week study tour in Fiji to meet key stakeholders involved in the Fiji’s REDD+ (reducing emission through deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) readiness programme.

Inoke Ratukalou – Director of SPCs Land Resources Division – met the delegation at SPC Nabua and encouraged them to take full advantage of this initiative.


‘The main objective of this study tour is to increase your awareness of REDD+ and strengthen the capacity of Solomon Islands to develop a national approach.

‘More specifically, it is hoped that the study tour will help key stakeholders in Solomon Islands understand a number of key policy and operational areas, including: (a) how to balance project level voluntary market interests and approaches to REDD+ at the national level; (b) how structures and systems for monitoring a national framework of safeguards can be developed and maintained; and (c) how to develop approaches to REDD+ that are workable with customary landowners.’

Ratukalou added that Fiji was chosen for this study tour because of its close proximity to Solomon Islands, the similar socio-economic conditions and Fiji’s advancement in terms of REDD+ readiness.

‘Fiji has developed its REDD+ policy, it has assessed its national carbon stock and has also done some work with financing guidelines and reference emission levels.’

Ratukalou expressed his appreciation to the Fiji REDD+ Secretariat and the Steering Committee, and also to the Fiji Forestry Department, the University of the South Pacific, Conservation International and Live and Learn Environmental Education, whose representatives held briefings for the delegation on Monday and Tuesday this week. On Wednesday they are going on a field trip to Draubuta, where the landowners will share their forestry experiences with the delegation. Visits to Fiji Pine Limited (Lololo Pine Station) and Tropik Woods Industry are also on the agenda for the delegation.

The tour is being funded by UN-REDD programme and is facilitated by the Forest and Trees Team of SPC’s Land Resources Division in collaboration with the Fiji Forestry Department and the SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change Project in the Pacific Island Region.


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