Solomon Islands

Country Area : 28,896 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 2,185

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support

FCPF Member : No

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No

The total forest area in the Solomon Islands is approximately 2.2 million ha. The logging industry is the single most significant economic sector in the Solomon Islands, contributing to 67% of export earnings and some 12-13% of total government revenue. As much as 50% of the employed workforce may be associated directly or indirectly with the forest sector. Therefore, this makes the Solomon Islands a highly deforested country.

The Solomon Islands joined the UN-REDD Programme in February 2010, and the UN-REDD Initial National Programme Document was signed in 2011. After a short disruption due to political unrest, activities are now underway to establish a national REDD+ task force with representatives from the government institutions and the private sector to guide the design and implementation of the National REDD+ Roadmap. This will be actively supported by other development partners, including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and Live and Learn Environmental Education.

Following the inception meeting in July 2011, a readiness process is underway to prepare a national REDD+ roadmap and launch local awareness-raising and technical capacity development programme to achieve the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: REDD+ readiness supported by effective, inclusive and participatory management processes

Outcome 2: REDD+ stakeholders have a comprehensive understanding of the potential benefits and risks associated with REDD+. This includes supporting broad-based, multi-stakeholder consultations, awareness raising, supporting the FPIC process of indigenous people and other forest-dependent communities.

Outcome 3: Preliminary capacity developed for REL formulation and MRV. This includes analysis of forest resource data, developing capacities to formulate its reference emissions levels (RELs) and system for forest measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

Progress against the Warsaw Framework for REDD+

The following achievements presented are from the targeted support received by Solomon Islands, achievements resulting from the NP can be found in the NP Final Report (here).

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
Solomon Islands is also participating in the regional initiative “Strengthening Regional Support to National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in the Pacific”. 

Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL)
The country is supported jointly with Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu on FREL/FRL through targeted support.

 

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Regional Technical Specialist in Stakeholder Engagement Focus area: Stakeholder Engagement, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
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Knowledge Management Specialist, UN-REDD Programme
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Regional Technical Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
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UN-REDD MRV facilitator for Zambia, Food and Agriculture Organizaton of the United Nations (FAO)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 1,665,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
1  
Date of Request 05.05.2012
Date of Approval 30.06.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 7
Status Completed
 
Amount Requested US$ 100,000
Amount Approved US$ 100,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: Office of Climate Change and Development, Government of Papua New Guinea. Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Government of the Solomon Islands.    

Description: 

 

  1. A regionally-endorsed proposal completed for a regional Pacific REDD+ monitoring and MRV support structure, submitted to international donors.
  2. Strengthened capacity of SOPAC to become a regional focal for forest information management and assessment for the Pacific region.

 

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
2  
Date of Request 24.03.2014
Date of Approval 23.04.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 12
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 1,415,000
Amount Approved US$ 1,415,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: Secretariat for Pacific Countries.

Description: 

  1.       Awareness of and support for NFMS is enhanced at the regional and internal level;
  2.     A regional forest monitoring support facility and web-portal is established and capacity increased through training to staff from the Pasic Islands Countries (PIC); and
  3. A regional forest inventory support facility is established and regional inventory support is enhanced.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
3  
Date of Request 16.12.2015
Date of Approval 27.01.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 10
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 150,000
Amount Approved US$ 150,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: Request received from Fiji on behalf of the four countries. Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Fiji.

Description: 

The main objective is to enhanced capacity building and the drafting of actual Forest Reference (Emission) Levels (FRELs/FRLs) for Fiji, and other UN-REDD pacific countries (PNG, Solomon Islands), and forested pacific countries with REDD+ potential (Vanuatu.

Expected results:

1) Enhance capacity for the construction of FREL/FRL.

2) Draft FREL/FRLs with an expert feedback cycle.