Vanuatu Forest Inventory Paid For By REDD+ Funding

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Preparations for carbon funding to improve forest management

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 9, 2014) – A regional advisor on the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme says Vanuatu is already benefitting from REDD+ through projects such as an inventory of Santo's forest.

Bjoern Hecht from the German agency for International Co-operation is in Vanuatu to train Department of Forestry staff on how to conduct a forest inventory on the country's biggest island

Direct carbon funding has not yet kicked in under the REDD+ programme.

But Mr Hecht says the inventory is a direct result of climate change funding provided through the German environment ministry which wouldn't be available without the funding for preparing for REDD+.

"So we have a methodology for measuring the forest resources, for climate change, and that's how we use the funding. The funding will already benefit Vanuatu by improving the forest management. If the credits come later on or not, doesn't even matter as long as you implement the current preparation funding really well," says Hecht.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that Hecht also said "’ There is, for example, a Forestry Act. But it is very hard for Forestry to enforce this Act. The other thing is, the people own the land and they use the forest in the way they want it and need it. So when you know how much forest you have, you can help the people in using their forests in their area in a sustainable way as well.’"]

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