Vunivia – REDD+ Pilot Site II
Fiji’s second REDD+ pilot site in Vunivia, in the district of Dogotuki, in Vanua Levu. The area of 2703 Ha is largely covered by indigenous forest belonging to the Mataqali Namako and Mataqali Nabunilagi.
The forests areas falls under several unique vegetation types in relatively pristine conditions as the area has been protected by a conservation lease. However, due to the failure of payment of lease to landowners, the lease has been surrendered and is now threatened by logging.
The forest of Vunivia is unique in terms of its dry vegetation features which ranges from undisturbed forests, disturbed terra firma forests, mangroves forests, fire disturbed savannas to herbaceous swamp communities.
Most mataqali members have moved away from the traditional village of residence (Kedra and and Vitina) to live closer to their mataqali land so they can utilise their land.
The settlements are located along the Natewa West Coast Road. However, public transport is irregular and the most common form of transportation by carrier.
Mobile network access is scattered and communication is commonly through easytel phones.
Energy supply is largely from diesel generators for lighting and kerosene and fuel wood is commonly used for cooking.
The main source of income for the Mataqali is from agriculture produce.
Mataqali Namako covers 1507 Ha of the total forest area. The total population of Namako is approximately 232 with 36 households distributed in the following settlements along the Natewa west coast road
Mataqali Nabunilagi has an area of 1196 Ha. The mataqali is made up of 2 Tokatoka - Nabunilagi and Narewa, living in the settlements of Sarifaci, Saroni, Wainiura and Vitina Village.
REDD+ consultations so far
Stakeholder consultations- multi-stakeholder consultation involving various government stakeholders facilitated discussions to address issues such as clear ownership of land boundaries between the 2 mataqali, surrender of the past conservation lease and expansion of the project area to meet the minimum area requirement for REDD+ development.
Resource owners’ consultations – involved awareness on REDD+ and its objectives and the opportunities and conditions for the two mataqali to ensure the FPIC process.
Reconnaissance survey -has been undertaken for the purpose of verifying the forest types and structure, camp sites, and tracks within the site before the commencement of the carbon inventory survey and to plan for upcoming surveys.
Training of landowners – training workshop was held for landowners chosen to participate in carbon inventory to build capacity of resource owners in terms of tree identification and inventory techniques.
Carbon inventory- evaluation of the amount of carbon in the pilto site through carbon inventory plots
Social structure – a committee exists consisting of both the mataqali members for communication and support the development of the project.
REDD+ upcoming activities