Reforestation or tree planting of 450 native trees and fruit trees in the Talasiga area of Draubuta village continues as part of on-going REDD+ related activities.
The reforestation programme in Draubuta as part of the REDD+ non-carbon benefits is being carried out on the Mataqali Lewenikaya and Mataqali Dranu land. This activity is to discourage people from entering into the REDD+ conserved Emalu forest boundary for farming purposes.
A team from the Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Agriculture and SPC/GIZ’s Coping with Climate Change Programme in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR), during the first week of November 2017, planted 250 fruit trees and 200 native trees.
On Mataqali Lewenikaya land, the team planted 100 citrus, 100 soursop and 50 avacado seedlings to the already existing citrus trees that have good survival rates and has grown well reaching the lower to mid slope of the grassland area. The team used a spacing of 5x5 metres spot planting technique following the natural layout of the land.
For the Mataqali Dranu owned land, the team planted native trees in between the one (1) year old teak on the grassland, however this was only done from the mid-ridge down to the gullies. The reason for this was that most of the teak along this range were surviving well as compared to those on the upper ridges. The team planted the native trees in between the rows of teak.
Lekima Tikoilau, Extension Officer from the Forestry Western Division office said that the villagers are being supported through the replanting of trees in degraded land areas so as to contribute to the supply of oxygen and storing of carbon.
“We are appreciative of the fact that once these trees will grow and this area becomes a forest again that the ecosystems and biodiversity of this area will return and remain intact just like the olden days.”
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