National Forest Policy
The combined impacts of climate change, population growth and soil fertility declines will exert a growing and cumulative pressure on the remaining lowland forests of Vanuatu to be converted to agricultural land. The forest policy addresses some of the steps required to deal with these conflicting demands on land. One of the guiding principles states that the implementation of the National Forest Policy facilitates the role of the forest sector in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Furthermore, one of the policy directives directly concerns climate change. This policy directive includes the following specific objectives:
- The forestry sector proactively incorporates climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges opportunities;
- The forestry sector embraces climate change mitigation and GHG emission reduction through reducing deforestation and degradation, and increasing afforestation and reforestation.