The new REDD+ and Forestry Office for Tanna funded by the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will open soon.
The new office will be a focal point for farmers in Tafea Province and will boost forest management activities on the island.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a global partnership to reduce carbon emission implemented by the Department of Forestry (DOF) has been playing a vital role to encourage forests protection and tree planting activities in Vanuatu
Farmers across the country depend on their forest to generates income.
REDD+ has been working with farmers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Erromango, Aneityum, Malekula, Santo including Tanna to promote sustainable forests management, forests conservation and tree planting initiatives.
It is seen as a low-cost solution to climate change-keep forest standing.
Since it established presence on these several islands, REDD+ has been promoting agro-forestry and encouraging farmers to grow more trees such as Mahogany,sandalwood, Whitewood, Nangai and Natapoa and earn income by not seeing only timber as the final commodity but to explore alternatives provided as non-timber forests products such as artifacts, nuts as well as eco-tourism.
The opening of this new office expected next month is considered as an achievement for the REDD+ and the Department of Forestry since it would be the first ever office for Forestry on Tanna.
Forestry and REDD+ officers on Tanna on have been using the Agriculture Office for the past years until cyclone Pam damaged the building in 2015.
It cost the World Bank (FCPF) around Vt5million to construct the new REDD+ and Forestry Office.
FCPF also provided funding for the renovation of the REDD+ Office in Santo and the extension of its offices in Erromango and Malekula