Loru Forest Carbon Stories - Vanuatu
Loru Community Planting Day
The Loru Forest Project on Santo in Vanuatu is combining rainforest protection with agroforestry to deliver community economic development and climate resilience to the Loru landowners.
Above: Presentation of seedling to launch the community planting day at Loru. Giving the plant is the Loru Project Coordinator team from Live and Learn Vanuatu. Receiving it is Kalsekar Ser (Loru landowner).
Above: Loru landowner Rachel explaining the "money story" to her village colleagues. The "money story" is a framework used in the forest carbon project to build local capacity in financial management for community enterprise development.
Kalsekar Ser - Loru landowner
“Our community has given up the rights to log the tall forest on our land in exchange for the opportunity to sell carbon credits from forest protection. The money we get from the carbon credit sales is helping us to improve our livelihoods and look after our families.
"We are developing a community agroforestry project on our land and this is funded from carbon credit money.
"We also benefit from the forest protection because we are more sheltered from cyclones. When Tropical Cyclone Pam came to Vanuatu in 2015, many, many people lost their homes. Ours were safe even though we live near the sea, because we have kept our forest."
Above: Serge Warakar helping a village boy to plant a seedling on the community planting day at Loru.
Loru Forest Carbon Project Agroforestry Spin-off Project
The Loru Forest Carbon Project has helped to build community enterprise capacity in the local village. This has enabled the Loru landowners to reinvest carbon credit sales revenue into a community agroforestry project. This way carbon credit revenue is not just spent on consumables (e.g. food, school fees, health care), but also used as an investment for community economic development.
Above: Chief Skip and his daughter standing next to the first agroforestry plot at Loru.
Chief Skip - Loru landowner
“If we logged our forest and grew coconuts we would still struggle to meet our needs as a community and we would lose the protection that the forest gives us from cyclones and drought.
But with our forest carbon project we have learned to start and run a community business for the carbon money. But then we can use this new skill for other business ideas. The one we are starting first is agroforestry.
We want to produce nangai nuts and sell them in the local market, because there is lots of demand. We can grow nangai here and it also provides good timber.