About The Nakau Programme
The Nakau Programme is a rainforest conservation financing programme supplying carbon offsets and Habitat Hectare units to buyers seeking carbon certification, brand alignment with rainforest protection or those wanting to fund disciplined rainforest protection outcomes. The Nakau Programme Pty Ltd is a social purpose company registered under Australian Law and wholly owned by two charities: Live & Learn International and Ekos.
Nakau applies the principles of fair trade where the majority of project benefits are delivered directly to indigenous landowners. Businesses and individuals partner with Nakau to create life-changing impacts for local landowners and the rainforests under their stewardship
Funding from sales of Conservation Credits (e.g. Carbon Offsets or Habitat Hectare units) allows indigenous landowners to switch from activities that degrade or clear forest, to a new conservation economy that protects forests and provides capital for new and sustainable development pathways.
"The Nakau Programme stands out as pioneering, ethical and much needed. It allows indigenous custodians of rainforest to reject pressures for destructive logging or clearing, and instead earn a living through forest preservation and management. It hands businesses a wonderful opportunity to partner in this endeavour."
Tim Flannery (Chief Climate Commissioner, Australia
The Nakau Programme is a social purpose business wholly owned by two international charities:
Live & Learn International and Ekos built the Nakau Programme with our strategic partners:
Funding for the development of the Nakau Programme was gratefully received from the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, AusAid, and German International Cooperation (GIZ).