Most of the Solomon Islands’ population of 550,000 is dependent on subsistence agriculture supplemented by cash cropping, fishing, and forest products. Changing weather patterns, coupled with highly destructive forest exploitation and environmental damage resulted in severe flooding as well as serious water supply shortages during the dry season. Forest degradation has also impacted the health of downstream marine ecosystems, which are a main source of food and income for the coastal populations. The Solomon Islands lacks practical solutions for ensuring that landscapes and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods are able to adapt to rainfall and temperature fluctuations, and to thrive in a new climate.
With a grant from the Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRDF) will assist local communities to reduce their vulnerability to floods, droughts, and other climate-induced events through improved sustainable management of forest resources. This will include adopting multiple-purpose land use models that integrate forest management and conservation, in order to safeguard the vital environmental and social functions of the ecosystem. The land use
models will include income-generating activities such as honeybee farming, timber production through forest management accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), forestry-based carbon offset purchases, and nature tourism projects. Through the example set by these partner-communities, and through information sharing, NDRF will develop climate-resilient models for sustainable natural resource management, replicate them in other provinces in the Solomon Islands, and advance Government policy on natural resources development.
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