The objective of the project is to create a model reforestation framework that encourages customary landowners in the Central Province lowlands to grow high value trees on their grasslands. The successful implementation of the project will lead to the expansion of long-term social, environmental and economic benefits for landowners in the Central Province lowlands through development of reforestation enterprises to promote an appropriate set of business models and production systems.
At present, grassland areas are extensive and increasing in size in PNG. Population densities are also rising and incomes levels are generally low. Importantly, these grassland areas are well linked to the national, provincial and district capitals. Based on the findings of implementing pre-project (PPD 124/06 Rev.2 (F)) which identified the key factors restraining landowners from growing high value trees as limited access to awareness as well as lack of training and support services, in close cooperation with local communities in the Central Province the project will be managed and sustained by the PNG Forest Authority and selected research and development partners will play a role in a way that builds on existing policies, programmes, resources and practices. Teak (Tectona grandis) will be a focal species to be promoted through a range of model business arrangements and production systems.
The expected outputs of the project include:
? A reforestation awareness programme is in operation for landowners and the wider community in Central Province;
? A business training & support package is in operation for small-scale reforestation enterprises;
? An agro-forestry training & support package is in operation for small-scale reforestation enterprises; and
? A distribution system is in operation for small-scale reforestation enterprises with agro-forestry stock and materials.