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Nakau programme launching in Fiji

24th June 2015
Nakau programme launching in Fiji

In the first week of June, the Pacific’s first regional forest carbon conservation initiative called the Nakau Programme, was launched at the Live and Learn Environmental Education office in Domain in Fiji. The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, launched the programme at a reception attended by business community representatives from the Government and Non-Government Organisations. Mr Jacobs said the European Union was pleased to support the Nakau Programme over the past four years and was proud to see this important pilot programme getting off the ground. “The Nakau programme is an excellent example of an innovative approach which contributes to the fight against climate change by targeting deforestation, which is a key source of carbon emissions,” he said “The Nakau programme will significantly contribute to preserving these assets for the benefit of the environment and people.” Live & Learn Regional Programme Manager Robbie Henderson said as of now businesses operating in Fiji wishing to offset their carbon footprints had to purchase carbon credits overseas. “The Nakau Programme presents a new local option for businesses in Fiji and the Pacific region to purchase carbon credits, offset their carbon footprints, strengthen their corporate social responsibility and contribute to the conservation of our rainforests,” he said. Mr. Henderson also acknowledged NRDF as being the first independent NGO that has started activities under the Nakua programme in the Solomon Islands. Landowner Waita Cunavale from Fiji, who is married into the village of Batiri, one of the mataqali who agreed to be part of the project, said they were happy to preserve their land because it prevented climate change. (www.nakau.org)

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