Log

NRDF supports sustainable timber harvesting and forest management by local landowners and communities.

Community boat

NRDF actively works with Western and Choiseul province landowners who are adversely affected by logging and/or mining.

Bee keeping

Beekeeping helps communities learn many different skills such as carpentry, business, marketing and food processing.

Ecotourism

Ecotourism can provide viable economic alternatives and contributes to knowledge exchange between different cultures

reforestation

Forest restoration and reforestation are ways to restore and/or increase the functions of the forests. Here's a nursery of young local timber trees in Vella Lavella.

milling

Safe milling techniques and personal safety are used in operations that are FSC™ certified under NRDF's FSC™ group management certification.

Timber collection

Transport of timber between different islands and Provinces is done by sea freighting and local canoe transport

Timber floating

Women transporting (floating) timbers to earn some extra cash income for their families.

Canoe
As a Non-Governmental Organisation, NRDF believes that natural resources are intrinsically beneficial to the well being of local people and their environments and strives to provide sustainable resource management opportunities to communities in the Solomon Islands in order to protect these precious natural resources for current and future generations.

Sustainable Forest Management

Sustainable Forest Management

Through forest sustainability, NRDF is actively working with Choiseul and Western communities to set up sawmilling businesses through infrastructure, training and networking. This type of timber harvesting is much more sustainable for the communities.

Forest Conservation

Forest Conservation

Through sustainable forest management, communities are able to draw a higher proportion of income from their timber resources and NRDF encourages these communities to set at least 10% of their land aside for conservation.

Livelihoods

Livelihoods

While NRDF successfully works with sustainable sawmilling and forest management, we also base activities with women and non-landowner groups on other income generating activities including honey, coconut oil, soap, and small agricultural projects.

Recent News

First honey harvest by Choiseul bee farmers

First honey harvest by Choiseul bee farmers

The production of 30 litres of honey this month by bee farmers in the project areas in Choiseul showed the great potential the honey programme has in these areas. In four villages (Boeboe, Gorabara, Rarakisi and Sasamunga) farmers joined NRDF staff members  to harvest  honey from their hives. Especially the hives in Rarakisi and Sasamungaga showed an excellent honey production due to the good location of the hives and the...
Succesful SFM workshop in Sasamunga (Choiseul)

Succesful SFM workshop in Sasamunga (Choiseul)

From 2-6 December, a workshop was held in Sasamunga village (Choiseul) on sustainable forest management and FSC™ certification. The workshop was organized and facilitated by SPC (Secretariat of Pacific Communities) and NRDF. Representatives of six tribal communities in Choiseul (Chivoko, Sirebe, Gorabara, Rarakisi, Boeboe, Voza) joined the workshop to learn more about SFM, FSC™ certification and Forest conservation. Participants were also updated and introduced to issues like REDD+, honeybee farming (livelihoods)...
Barekasi Rainforest Lodge official opened

Barekasi Rainforest Lodge official opened

On the 11th of November representatives of the Dutch Millennium Foundation (DMF) and NRDF officially opened the eco-lodge in Barekasi Rainforest Reserve. DMF is one of the donors who provided financial assistance to build the visitors compound. Other assistance came from Rufford’s Small Grant Programme and Green Gold Forest products (GGFP).  The compound which is situated at the border of the reserve consists of a two room dormitory for tourist...
Successful FSC™ audit for NRDF

Successful FSC™ audit for NRDF

The annual FSC™ audit carried out by Woodmark (Soil Association) in Octoberwasa success for NRDF. All minor corrective action requests (CAR’s) that were issued during the last audit were solved and closed and only two new observations were given during this audit visit. The audit team spent 3 days with NRDF visiting 2 of its timber producers in Marovo and VellaLavella. In addition, NRDF’s partner and timber buyer MLST was...
Sustainable timber used in Gizo building project

Sustainable timber used in Gizo building project

A new stairway was built at the new Correctional Centre building site in Gizo using FSC™ certified timber produced by Green Gold Forest Products (GGFP) in Vella Lavella.  The stairway was built from certified Vitex and is the first building constructed from FSC™ certified timber in the Western Province. International building companies SKM & Reeves International, who are part of the RAMSI Solomon Islands Infrastructure Partnership (RSIIP), were committed to  source...
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