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

In 2017, the UN-REDD Programme began its activities in the Solomon Islands to establish a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL). The Programme supported survey design and capacity-building for the use of Collect Earth (a point sampling tool) for a national forest and land use change assessment (2000- 2016) in the archipelago.  A participatory process, which involved Government forestry officers, was used to ensure the consideration of social and environmental circumstances in Solomon Islands.  The design of National Forest Inventory and FRL was discussed at the workshop based on the outcomes of the initial assessment. Detailed assessments with the Collect Earth tool are ongoing and expected to be completed in early 2018. They will be used for establishment of FREL. Despite very limited resources available to support the country, the Solomon Islands made significant progress on the establishment of NFMS and FRL. These activities have formed a solid foundation for additional support provided by FAO and funded by GEF in 2018 for the “Integrated Forest Management in the Solomon Islands” project.

(Update Annual Report 2017)


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Regional Technical Specialist in Stakeholder Engagement Focus area: Stakeholder Engagement, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
Regional Technical Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
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$) 1,665,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 05.05.2012
Date of Approval 30.06.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 7
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 100,000
Amount Approved US$ 100,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring


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.    



  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)
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
MRV and Monitoring


Lead National Institution: Secretariat for Pacific Countries.


  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)
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
MRV and Monitoring


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


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.