The project, as part of the Nakau Program and owned by indigenous land owners, protects over 4,120 ha of tropical rainforest in Vanua Levu, Fiji. It helps the Fijian clans to protect their rainforests, therefore providing greater resilience against climate change, and also form community businesses including honey enterprises.



Benefits that Drawa Rainforest Project provides



Start date 2012
Coordinator Live & Learn International
Activities Improved land management
Participants 120 indigenous households
PVCs issued to-date 132,280



The detail

This ex-post project will generate 18,800 carbon credits annually. The forest provides habitat for the endangered Fiji Ground Frog (Platymantis vitiana), and several other endemic plant and animal species. The Drawa rainforest also provides valuable protection from cyclones, floods and droughts for the Drawa local people and those living downstream in their catchment. The land is owned by 8 Fijian clans.

These landowners have given up rights to logging timber in exchange for the opportunity to sell rainforest carbon offsets as a way of generating revenue for local economic development. This project also provides governance and management support and capacity building for community enterprise at Drawa. This is to help the Drawa landowners manage the rainforest conservation project and develop spin-off community businesses - the first of which is a community business producing and selling rainforest honey.


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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.
  • Generates employment opportunities as forest rangers and within community enterprises.
  • Supports the development of new micro-enterprises such as bee keeping for honey production, tree nurseries and agroforestry enterprises for timber, fruit and nut production.
  • Protection of forests against logging reduces the amount of carbon entering the atmosphere, therefore helping reduce the damaging impacts of climate change.
  • Maintenance of forest cover promotes climate change resilience through reduction of soil erosion which lessen the impacts of droughts, flooding and extreme weather events.
  • Protection of these already biodiversity-rich forests will help to ensure the survival of many threatened and endangered endemic flora and fauna species.