Log

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

Bee keeping

Beekeeping is a livelihood activity that provides families in the project areas with income and skills.

Ecotourism

Eco-tourism can provide viable economic alternatives to logging (Barekasi Rainforest Reserve)

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
Logging

For decades unsustainable logging by Asian logging companies takes place in the Solomon Islands.

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

NRDF joins timber trade mission to Australia and New Zealand

NRDF joins timber trade mission to Australia and New Zealand

On the third week of March NRDF Officer Marlon Kuve joined a group of timber exporters and Government officials visiting Australian and New Zealand timber importers. The mission started in Brisbane from 22nd – 25th March and moved to New Zealand from 25th -30th March 2015. As 60% of sawn timber was sold to Australia and New Zealand markets, the aim of the visit was to increase understanding among both...
Study tour NRDF to Teak plantation & Agro forestry projects in Laos

Study tour NRDF to Teak plantation & Agro forestry projects in Laos

From 14 to 24 February NRDF team leader Wilko Bosma travelled to Laos to visit several agro-forestry and forest plantation programmes. The main purpose of the visit was to gather as much information and get a clear insight in the small holders teak plantation programmes in Laos including activities such as FSC certification of small holders, value adding of Teak logs, mechanization in timber down processing & timber transport and...
Honey training workshop at Vavanga village (Kolombangara)

Honey training workshop at Vavanga village (Kolombangara)

In the last week of February, 20 enthusiastic ladies from Iriri, Ghatere, Ringgi and Vavanga came together to attend a Honeybee Training Workshop conducted by NRDF at Vavanga. The workshop was the first example of an important partnership between Natural Resource Development Foundation (NRDF) and Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association (KIBCA).  The training was delivered by Tony Davids from NRDF who has over 20 years’ experience in honeybee farming. The...
News from the field: Mary Zautu, Rarakisi Village, Choiseul

News from the field: Mary Zautu, Rarakisi Village, Choiseul

Mary is a single mother of 3 children, living in the village of Rarakisi, Choiseul Province. In 2013 she became a honey farmer under the NRDF honey programme. She is keeping one hive with her family and has since harvested 26 bottles (300ml) of honey which she sold at the local market. Leftovers from harvesting are always appreciated by her children who love the sweet taste of honey (photo: Mary (right) harvesting honey with...
DMF support Forest for Life Programme

DMF support Forest for Life Programme

The Dutch Millennium Foundation (DMF) has agreed to support the Forest for Life programme for the coming two years. DMF is a non for profit organization in the Netherlands, supporting climate and millennium goals initiatives. DMF has been a partner with NRDF for many years and has supported   successful programmes such as the Leona reforestation programme and the Barekasi rainforest conservation project.  DMF also provided support for some women projects...
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