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Solomon Islands tribes sell carbon credits, not their trees

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🗞️ Driving the news: In the Solomon Islands, tribes like the Sirebe have rejected logging offers, opting instead to sell carbon credits internationally 
• This innovative approach preserves their biodiverse rainforests and provides significant financial benefits

🔭 The context: The Solomon Islands have long suffered from extensive logging, primarily for export. • In response, tribal groups have established protected areas like the Babatana Rainforest Conservation Project, which spans 26 square miles and includes several tribes

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By maintaining the forest intact, the project helps sequester carbon, preserving a critical ecosystem 
• This initiative offers a sustainable economic alternative that respects biodiversity and combats climate change

⏭️ What's next: The Babatana project continues to attract international investors, with payments expected to flow until at least 2045 
• This model could influence similar conservation efforts globally, showcasing a successful balance of environmental and economic benefits

💬 One quote: "If we misuse or destroy this land, we will not have any other," (Linford Pitatamae, a tribal leader)

📈 One stat: The project sells around 17,423 carbon credits annually, generating approximately $263,350 each year for the community

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