April Salumei Community

April Salumei Community

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The April Salumei Project has been designed around the needs of local communities and the delivery of services to meet these needs.

Extensive consultation and awareness process took place with local all communities to ensure that free, prior and informed consent was obtained.

Ongoing community engagement occurs throughout the project with the Working Group elected to represent their respective communities. The direct involvement of these community representatives ensures the project activities and associated benefits reflect local needs and priorities.

Organisation of landowners

Organisation of land owners in April Salumei

Development of sustainable projects with the goal of assuring long-term sustainable livelihoods, positive environmental and economic measures for the people in the local community.

The local communities are also involved in the ongoing monitoring of the project resources. The project will also provide training to and employ Community Forestry Stewards to monitor the project within each Landowner Company. These stewards will be trained to monitor and protect the forests and the biodiversity contained within them. Training programs such as project management, planning, budgeting and reporting have already been commenced with the April Salumei Working Group.

Investment of the proceeds of carbon projects back into alternative livelihood creation for people in the surrounding areas so to remove pressure and expectation on the forest to provide and them.

Development priorities

The representatives from each Landowner Company attended a number of workshops to identify the areas or priority development in their respective areas. The results are shown below in a summary table from the meetings.

Through these workshop and ongoing engagement with the elected representatives and stakeholders from the project area, the development priorities have been identified comprising;

  • Improved health standards within the area;
  • Improved education opportunities;
  • Development of communications within the project area;
  • Creation of sustainable activities to create employment within the project zone;