A landscape-level program in the Pacific Islands which uses ‘Payments for Ecosystem Services’ (PES) for community-based rainforest & mangrove protection, with aims to reduce the vulnerability of indigenous communities to climate change and natural disasters.



The detail

Nakau works with Indigenous landowners to protect and restore forests across the Pacific Islands region.  The program supports forest-dependent people - providing them with the tools needed to develop sustainable carbon finance as an alternative to logging and land-clearing — a nature-based solution that is good for forests, people, culture and climate resilience. 

As a leader in Indigenous-led and sustainably financed ecosystem protection and restoration, Nakau are committed to transparency and collaborate closely with the people and communities where Nakau projects take place. In all their work they are dedicated to upholding the rights of Indigenous landowners, creating genuine impact, and ensuring the carbon credits they generate are of the highest integrity. 

The Nakau Programme works in partnership with Live & Learn International and are built on the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), equitable benefit-sharing, biodiversity protection and livelihoods development.


The projects under the Program





Program Documents

Type Documents

Program Methodology
What is this?

Technical Specifications Modules
What are these?

Additional Documents



Explanation of document types

Type What is this?

Program Methodology

Provides the general methodological requirements for all projects in the Nakau Programme irrespective of the ‘Activity Class’ and ‘Activity Type’. These general requirements comprise a framework for describing the project activity, and include the obligatory Community Benefit and Biodiversity Benefit dimensions of project design and implementation.

Technical Specifications Modules

Outlines methods for measuring the greenhouse gas ecosystem services derived from the activity specific to that Technical Specifications Module (e.g. Avoided Deforestation). These are applicable to the Pacific Islands, specifically the 22 countries and territories served by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


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