The first REDD+ agroforestry plot in Vanuatu

A team in Vanuatu consisting of local landowners, Live & Learn staff, and staff from the Vanuatu Department of Forestry, have begun planting the country’s first REDD+ agroforestry pilot plot.

This follows more than a year of successful community engagement and is part of Live & Learn’s Regional REDD+ programme. REDD+ stands for ‘reduced emissions through deforestation and forest degradation’, and the plus refers to activities that increase the carbon store in a forest or non-forest area.

The agroforestry plot consists of an area of degraded land where trees and crops are being planted together. This provides short and long-term sources of income for local farmers, while also decreasing pressure on the forest and drawing and storing carbon in the trees, helping to combat climate change.

Live & Learn Vanuatu’s Project Coordinator, Glarinda Andre, described the plot, “We have planted a mixture of tree species side by side with root crops and vegetables. Local farmers will look after the young trees while they take care of their crops. Once the crops have been harvested, the trees will then continue to grow, becoming a source of income in the future through nuts and timber.”

The intermingled crop technique also helps to improve soil, prevent erosion, and reduces the severity of climate-related hazards such as flooding, droughts and cyclones. If this pilot project is successful it will be used as a demonstration for similar REDD+ projects across Melanesia and the Pacific.
Live & Learn’s REDD+ project is funded for 5 years by the European Union in Fiji and Vanuatu, with lessons learned shared in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Click here for more information.