The project (also known as Ser-Thiac), as part of the Nakau Program, protects over 200 ha of tropical rainforest on eastern Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. It combines coastal rainforest protection with agroforestry, with a special focus on producing the agricultural commodity Melanesian Chestnut (Canarium indium) for participating community members.

 

 

Benefits that Loru Forest Project provides

     

 

Start date 2013
Coordinator Live & Learn
Activities Avoided deforestation
Agroforestry
Participants 50 indigenous households
PVCs issued to-date 21,205
Awards
UN 2019 Equator Prize

 

 

The detail

This ex-post project will generate 2,442 Plan Vivo Certificate per year, with registration and first issuance due in Q2, 2016. The project works with about fifty indigenous ni-Vanuatu landowners of the Serkar Clan, descended from Chief Serkar (1913 - 1997). In order to protect the rainforest, these landowners have given up the rights to land clearance for coconut plantations.

The project site provides habitat for the critically endangered Vanuatu Megapode bird (Megapodu freycinet layardi) and the critically endangered Coconut Crab (Birgus latro). It is also home to several endemic bird species including the Vanuatu Kingfisher (Halycon farquhari), the Vanuatu Flycatcher (Neolalage banksiana), the Vanuatu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus tannensis), the Vanuatu White-eye (Sosterops flavifrons), the Santo Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris), the Vanuatu Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bakeri), and the Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis).

The project aims to support its participants by providing governance and management support, as well as transferring skills, knowledge through capacity-building for setting up community enterprises at Loru. This will provide a long-term incentive and sustainability driver for the Loru landowners to manage the rainforest conservation project by developing community businesses based on agroforestry produce.


 

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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
  • Generates employment opportunities through forest rangers and community enterprises.
  • Supports the development of new micro-enterprises such as tourism, businesses and tree nurseries.
  • Suppors agroforestry enterprises for timber, fruit and nut production.
  • The project is owned by the Serkar Clan of indigenous ni-Vanuatu landowners of Loru, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The clan consists of five extended families of some 50 individuals descended from Chief Serkar (1913-1997). The landowners have given up rights to clear land for coconut plantations in exchange for the opportunity to sustainably manage local land to generate revenue for local economic development.
  • Provides governance and management support and capacity building for community enterprise at Loru. This is to help the Loru landowners manage the rainforest conservation project and develop spin-off community businesses - the first of which is a community business producing and selling agroforestry produce (e.g. Canarium nuts) from adjacent lands that they own and manage.
  • Maintenance of forest cover promotes climate change resilience through regulation of watersheds and reduction of soil erosion which lessen the impacts of droughts, flooding and extreme weather events.
  • The project protects over 200 ha of tropical rainforest on eastern Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu which provides habitat for the critically endangered Vanuatu Megapode bird (Megapodu freycinet layardi), and the critically endangered Coconut Crab (Birgus latro). It is also home to several endemic birds including the Vanuatu Kingfisher (Halycon farquhari), the Vanuatu Flycatcher (Neolalage banksiana), the Vanuatu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus tannensis), the Vanuatu White-eye (Sosterops flavifrons), the Santo Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris), the Vanuatu Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bakeri), and the Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis).