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

The Nakau Programme is a landscape-level approach that focuses on community-based forest conservation and sustainable development. The Pacific Islands are especially exposed to extreme weather events, such as cyclones and droughts, yet rainforests are under constant threat from commercial logging. By providing a financing mechanism that covers the costs of environmental management activities and addresses landowners' opportunity costs where relevant, the programme incentivises local forest protection and empowers communities to take on a stewardship role.

The Nakau Programme was developed jointly by Ekos and Live & Learn International and 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
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Technical Specifications Modules
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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 derrived from the activity specific to that Technical Specifications Module (e.g. Avoided Deforestation). These are applicable to the Pacific Islands, specifically the 22 counutries and terratories served by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


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