Forestry Management Act 2011

This Act makes provision for the effective and sustainable management of Samoa’s forestry resources.

Art. 30.3.e) states that sustainable development in the forestry sector shall maximise benefits that may become available from the conservation of the forestry resource and the resultant financial benefits of such conservation through arrangements for trading in carbon credits and related opportunities. Art. 50.b) states that farm forests may be entiled to have the status of resource owners under arrangements implemented by the government for schemes relating to carbon credits and carbon trading in which a share of the benefits may accrue to resource owners who participate in reafforestation and the preservation of trees.

Art. 32 on climate change and carbon trading notably states that regulations made under this Act shall be taken to 1) prepare inventories of Samoa’s forestry resources, and effectively mapping or recording such resources, 2) promote reforestation and planting of forestry resources so as to maximise benefits from such schemes, arrangements, systems or mechanisms, 3) enter into agreements with any party to participate in any such schemes, arrangements, systems or mechanisms, and 4) share the benefits from any such scheme, arrangement, system or mechanism.

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