Bareskasi Tribal Area

Barekasi Rainforest Lodge official opened

22nd November 2013
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…
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Growing Trees of Knowledge

22nd February 2013
Growing Trees of Knowledge

Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA) staff hosted a very successful week for five conservation and ecotourism workers from Kolombangara and Vella Lavella Islands in November 2012 on Tetepare Island. Rangers from the Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association (KIBCA) and the Barekasi Landowners Association enjoyed the week-long look and learn expedition to the Solomon’s most unique island. Taking the trip were rangers Wayne Tefenoli, Denis Poli Jack and Donald Saepio from Kolombangara,…
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Good progress in the Leona Reforestation program

8th February 2013
Good progress in the Leona Reforestation program

Since October 2012, the reforestation program in the Barekasi area has been progressing very well.  Thanks to funding  by Dutch Provincial Government body,  Gemeente Hardenberg in the Netherlands, an additional  30 hectares of damaged forest has been replanted with 12, 000 small indigenous timber trees. The reforestation work is done by members of 30 different Barekasi families involving men, women and children. These families signed the planting and maintenance contracts…
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Barekasi Rainforest Reserve ecotourism for income generation

25th January 2013
Barekasi Rainforest Reserve ecotourism for income generation

Research facilitation and ecotourism are other strong possibilities for income generation and knowledge capture. One NRDF priority is supporting the development of the Barekasi Rainforest Reserve’s (BRR) ecotourism project on Vella Lavella Island in the Western Province. By sharing the natural beauty of the BRR with tourists, the community has a unique opportunity to sustainably generate income. Tourism must be managed carefully to reduce impacts on the culture and ecosystem….
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Regenerating illegally cleared forest

25th January 2013
Regenerating illegally cleared forest

In 2007, a logging company began to illegally clear forests in one of the NRDF’s Vella Lavella project areas. After chasing out the logging company, the community involved has now replanted 40ha of the felled area to help in the regeneration of the forest and try to reverse the compaction and creeper overgrowth that has occurred in other logged areas of the Solomon Islands. With support from a voluntary carbon…
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Sustainable Sawmilling

25th January 2013
Sustainable Sawmilling

Through sustainable forest management, 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 than logging. For an average tree, a community can earn approximately 20 times more by milling it, compared to selling it to a logging company. These high profits can continue for generations if the forest…
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Overview of Barekasi Tribal Area

25th January 2013

Location: Vella Lavella, Western Province

NRDF Partner since: 2003

Total forest area: 800ha

Estimated population: 800

Dominant forest type: Lowland rainforest

Forest Conservation area: 500ha

Activities: sawmilling, SFM, forest conservation, reforestation & forest restoration, livelihood projects

Organization: Jorio Community Development Organization