Testing Effective Models for Governance and Implementation of REDD+: Solomon Islands

Total Project Cost: $335,451
PEP Funding: $248,351
Approval Date: 5 November 2010
Main Project Partner(s): Live & Learn
Project Officer: Jean Williams, PARD
Type of Intervention: Pilot intervention
Status: Completed

Summary: The project developed and implemented a REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) demonstration activity for forest-dependant indigenous communities in Choiseul Province. Specifically, the project involved: identifying appropriate and effective methods for measurement, reporting, and verification of emission reductions from REDD+ projects; recommending financial and governance processes that provide transparent and equitable benefits; identifying and developing methods to strengthen capacity and finalize indigenous landowner involvement; identifying mechanisms to finance and support sustainable livelihood opportunities for forest-dependent communities; and offering solutions to property rights and land tenure issues.

Poverty-Environment Linkage: The project area has some of the most rare, unique, abundant speciation in Solomon Islands and in the world, but it is also under immediate threat from logging. The future of thousands of villagers is under threat should logging operations proceed. By supporting the development of REDD+ methods and policies, the project was expected to help provide secure land ownership and ensure that equitable benefits from land and land-based resources are afforded to indigenous people in the target communities. This, in turn, was anticipated to contribute to higher-level goals of reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and degradation, and providing tangible co-benefits, including biodiversity conservation, maintaining essential eco-system services, resilience, and capacity to adapt to climate change, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development opportunities.

Expected Outputs:

  • Appropriate and effective methods for measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions from REDD+ pilot project developed
  • Financial and governance processes that provide transparent and equitable benefit sharing acceptable to Indigenous landowners and the Solomon Islands Government identified and recommended
  • Methods to strengthen capacity, and mobilize indigenous landowner involvement in REDD+ to provide transparent, equitable and sustainable community benefits developed and pretested
  • Mechanisms to focus REDD+ finance to support sustainable livelihood opportunities for forest-dependent communities identified
  • Property rights and land tenure issues identified and solutions offered
  • Development of a REDD+ Education Manual

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