Project Location: Ambunti-Drekiker, East Sepik, Wewak, Papua New Guinea
Standard:VCS CCBA REDD
Register: IFIT.net, Swiss
The April Salome Sustainable Forest Management Project is the first UNFCCC (REDD) forestry pilot project in Papua New Guinea and has been validated by Scientific Certification Systems against the requirements of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards. The project received approval on 13 June 2011 and has been recognised as a “Gold Standard” project due to the exceptional Biodiversity benefits within the project. Download the Final CCBA Project Validation Report and the CCBA Validation Certificate. It is the intention of the project developer to seek further accreditation to Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
The Project Design Document was completed with the assistance of:
- Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute;
- University of Papua New Guinea – School of Natural and Physical Sciences;
- Papua New Guinea University of Technology;
- Prime Minster and NEC Department (Office of Climate Change and Environmental; Sustainability)
- Papua New Guinea Weather Office;
- PNG Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trade.
As well as demonstrating how long-term protection and conservation of April Salome FMA will bring community, climate and biodiversity benefits, for example avoided emissions of 4,350,000 tonnes of CO2 per year to the atmosphere, the Project Design Document outlines potential sustainable projects for local communities.
These projects are made possible by three platforms of investment: Education, Health and Enterprise. The development of education and health projects in the area will be led by current government policy. Enterprise will include the development of infrastructure, accessibility and communications and be driven largely from the landowners themselves.
Following consultation in the villages with the local Member of Parliament (Minister for Correctional Services) the landowner holding company, Hunstein Range Holdings, and the Minister have outlined the following priority projects to help achieve the April Salome FMA major objectives.