The Babatana Rainforest Conservation Project is part of the Nakau Programme and is owned by indigenous landowners from 6 different tribal groups. The Sirebe Tribe are the first to join the project and have protected over 836 Hectares of tropical primary rainforest on Choiseul, Solomon Islands. The rainforest has strong cultural importance and unique biodiversity. The Project provides an alternative finance to unsustainable industries and supports the community to be more resilient to climate change. The funds from the project support employment and are reinvested into community projects, such as Women's Savings Clubs.

 

 

Benefits that Drawa Rainforest Project provides

        

 

Start date January 2015
Coordinator Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRDF)
Activities Improved Land Management
Participants 27 indigenous households
PVCs issued to-date 87,115

 

 

The detail

The project is an ex-post project, generating 16,990 carbon credits annually for the Sirebe Tribal land. It is anticipated that 5 additional tribes will join the Babatana Rainforest Conservation Project and generate more carbon credits, by protecting their primary rainforest.

The rainforest in the Babatana Area in Solomon Island has remarkable biodiversity due to its isolation and biogeography, and is the home to the six tribes all committed to joining the Babatana Rainforest Conservation Project. The forest is a fundamental part of the tribes’ cultural identity, and people rely on the forests as a source of food, building materials and resources that support their economic development.

The Babatana project area is part of the Mount Maetambe to Kolombangara River Corridor, and is officially recognized as a Key Biodiversity Area by the International Union of Conservation (IUCN). The pristine rainforest supports a diversity of endemic rainforest plants and animal species, such as the Solomon’s Bare backed fruit bat (Dobsonia inermi), the vulnerable Solomon Sea eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi) and the rare Black-face Pita (Pitta Anerythra). It also contains healthy populations of vulnerable and rare tree species, such as Rose wood (Pterocarpus indicus) and Vitex (Vitex cofassus), that have been heavily exploited in other parts of the Solomons.

The Sirebe Tribe is the first in the project to stop industrial logging thanks to the establishment of a protected area, preserving the livelihood for their tribe and future generations. Through the sale of CO2 certificates, the Sirebe Tribe have a new source of income that enables them to create revenue in a way that brings sustainable benefits for their community in the form of development initiatives such as employment activities, Women’s Savings clubs and community development projects.


 

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SDG details

See how the project provides benefits beyond carbon and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goal How the project contributes
  • Empowers indigenous communities to govern and manage their land sustainably by forming community co-operatives.
  • Protected rainforest reduces downstream pollution and increased run-off, protecting the major water sources for the tribal groups.
  • 2.8 km of river protected. 
  • Installing rainwater tanks through the carbon finance among the tribal communities
  • Currently, the project employs 6 rangers and aims to employ more when other tribes join the project
  • 1 Business manager and 1 financial manager is employed
  • Over 6 communities are training in improved land management techniques
  • 40 women have had financial training through the women’s savings clubs, financed through the project
  • The project has established a number of Women’s Savings Clubs with over 40 participants
  • Over 50 community participants have been involved in climate change education and awareness and activities. 
  • Currently avoiding 16,9900 tonnes of Co2 emissions annually and expecting it to increase as other tribal groups join
  • Currently, 836 hectares of forest are legally protected under the Protected Area Act, with a conservation management plan implemented by the Sirebe Tribal Association. 
  • The protection of these biodiversity-rich rainforests will help ensure the survival of many threatened and endangered and endemic flora and fauna species.