Documents & Reports

These are documents and reports on REDD+ implementation in the country.

Campaign report: REDD+ Awareness Raising in Isabel Province

An essential part of the preparation process for REDD+ implementation are cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder campaigns to raise environmental awareness and inform on REDD+ opportunities and impacts for livelihood and resource utilization. The present campaign builds on a previous workshop and training event held in in Buala and Kia in February 2017, where participants showed expressed interest in REDD+ and conservation activities. One of the main objectives of the campaign was to inform on and advocate for REDD+ pilot activities in the region. The mission was led by the Ministry of Forestry & Research with support from the SPC/GIZ Regional Program REDD+ Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries II and comprised participants from key government and non-government organizations.

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WorldFish Publication on the Consequences of Unresponible Logging Practice on Fisheries and Food Security in Malaita, Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) has followed a logging-based development strategy for the past three decades. Despite widespread acknowledgment of the unsustainable nature of logging throughout the country and increasing awareness of its social impacts, national log export volumes have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Malaita Province has followed this trend. Logging operations are conducted by foreign (predominantly Malaysian) companies in collaboration with local licensees. These typically last between several months and 3 years, and it is common for multiple operations to take place in adjacent areas, each constructing its own log pond. Evasion of environmental regulations and financial obligations is widespread, and revenues from logging fall short of what they could and should be. This study assesses the local impacts of logging on food security, fisheries and well-being in Malaita. It is based on qualitative interviews conducted with 172 people (84 men and 88 women) in 23 villages in Are’Are, Lau and Langalanga, between November 2016 and November 2017.

Trees for life in Oceania: Conservation and utilisation of genetic diversity

Forests and trees play a vital role in the economic, social, environmental and cultural lives of the peoples of Oceania. However, both biodiversity and the genetic diversity of individual species are under threat or already suffering from impacts of habitat loss, overharvesting and competition from invasive weeds. In addition, the islands of the south-western Pacific are considered among the most vulnerable regions of the world to climate change. Accordingly, enhancing the diversity, health and the extent of forests, agroforests and trees in Oceania is of paramount importance in ameliorating and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has been supporting research in South-East Asia and the Pacific islands on the growing, management, processing and marketing of indigenous and exotic tree species since the early 1990s. Especially important are those tree crops that are well adapted to the local, diverse conditions; are amenable to production by smallholders as well as larger operators; provide a range of services to local communities; and afford possibilities for high-value local processing.

This book, prepared with inputs from 85 specialists in the nominated subject areas, including many Pacific island foresters and horticulturists, aims to provide information on a selection of important Oceanian species. It highlights their valuable genetic diversity and provides recommendations for conserving and making best use of this diversity. This unique publication will guide sustainable utilisation of those species that are vital to the Pacific islands and elsewhere in the developing tropics. This book should be invaluable for those planning and funding research on tree species in the Asia–Pacific region. It will also help smallholders and larger landowners involved in reforestation and agroforestry, and government agencies and other organisations involved in conservation and domestication of tree and shrub species in Oceania.

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