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Forest sustainability training in West

9th May 2013
Forest sustainability training in West

How to best manage Solomon Islands’ forests was the focus for 20 landholders at the recent Sustainable Forest Management & Certification Workshop at Leona Village, VellaLavella Island. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Forestry and Research, the 23 April – 3 May 2013 workshop was facilitated by Ministry of Forestry – Utilization Division and the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRDF). Positive feedback about the workshop was received from the…
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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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Australian volunteer promotes honey and legal knowledge

25th January 2013
Australian volunteer promotes honey and legal knowledge

A background in environmental resource assessment/management and having founded and managed an Australian business, was a perfect background for 2011/12 Australian volunteer Anna Price. In August 2011, Anna began working for NRDF based in Sasamunga (Choiseul), supporting the local sawmill business and the community-based organisation. To reach further project areas, Anna moved to Gizo in January 2012, working with NRDF community partners at Leona, Pine, Rarakasi, Ngorabara and Boeboe. Anna…
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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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Carbon a potential income source for sustainable development

25th January 2013
Carbon a potential income source for sustainable development

Stakeholder Engagement and Safeguard was the theme at the 6-8 November REDD+ Workshop in Honiara. At the workshop, NRDF’s Stephen Suti (pictured) presented “Experiences of stakeholder engagement at the local level in the Solomon Islands – opportunities and challenges”. More than 30 people participated in the workshop, where a national task force was set up to coordinate the work on REDD+ activities. NRDF is now working with organisations, such as…
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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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Certifying NRDF sawmill operations in 2013

25th January 2013
Certifying NRDF sawmill operations in 2013

There will be a major boost for NRDF’s 2012 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC©) accreditation by the end of 2013, when more NRDF sawmill operations are FSC© certified under the NRDF group certificate. FSC© is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC© is the world’s highest standard of sustainable timber, which means that a higher value can be gained for these timber resources.  

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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Agreement signed to support national park establishment

1st December 2012
Agreement signed to support national park establishment

In the Choiseul Province NRDF is working with the Boeboe community to set aside 2000ha to become a national park, to protect this land from destructive land use. In November 2012, a five-year agreement was signed with NRDF to support the establishment of the Guerre National Park. Due to the exploration interests of a nickel mining company, the protection of this unique ironwood forest land was a huge priority. The…
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