Ecological Solutions Solomon Islands (ESSI) PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday 30 July, 2014
Customary Landowners have decided to work together on ridge to reef Conservation Plan For Choiseul Province.
Solomon Islands (ESSI) a local organization is currently working with customary
landowners of Mount Maetambe to Kolobangara River, Lauru Land Conference and
Tribal Communities (LLCTC) and Choiseul Province to implement the ridges to
reefs (R2R) conservation plan for Choiseul Province medium development plan for
The R2R conservation plan
for Choiseul Province is a result of a long time partnership between The Nature
Conservancy (TNC), LLCTC and Choiseul Province. TNC have provided the technical
support in 2010 to develop the ridges to reefs conservation plan for Choiseul
Province. “We are excited about our program in Choiseul and throughout the
Solomon Islands,” say Willie Atu, Country Director, TNC. The ridges to reefs conservation plans is
also in line with the Solomon Islands Government conservation plan that will be
implemented through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management
(MECDM) and other line ministries. The Choiseul Ridges to Reef Conservation
Plan forms the blueprint for the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Partnership
(CHICCHAP). CHICCHAP is the regional partnership of Development partners to address Climate Change issues in Choiseul.
Solomon Islands has recently secured funds from Critical Ecosystem Partnership
Fund (CEPF) to conduct a baseline inventory of biological and cultural
diversity of the Mount Maetambe to Kolombangara River Watershed. This is just
the first step of the R2R conservation plans. “We would thank ESSI team for the
initiative to look for funding to support the Choiseul Province R2R conservation
plan,” says Jimmy Kereseka of LLCTC/TNC office in Choiseul. “We would not be
able to implement the R2R development plans if it wasn't for the ESSI team,”
commented Mr. John Tabepuda, Provincial Secretary for Choiseul Province.
SPREP will be also be
partnering and collaborating with ESSI in this project. SPREP will provide
additional funds to support the training of local Solomon Islanders during the
scientific expedition that will be led by ESSI team in October of this year.
This will include local, regional and international scientists.
ESSI team members have
been on the ground since June of this year meeting with chiefs and customary
land representatives in Choiseul, Gizo and Honiara. Last week saw a total of 40 chiefs and
customary land representatives from almost 20 tribes congregate at Rarakisi
Village, South Choiseul for three days to deliberate on the first steps of the
ridges to reef conservation plan. The first step involves scientific expedition
that will take place in the proposed area.
Furthermore, ESSI team
members used the opportunity to ask for permissions to access the customary
lands to conduct scientific research. Consent has been given and signed by all
the chiefs and customary land representatives for ESSI team and their partners
to access the customary lands. “The signed consent will allow ESSI team and
their partners to conduct scientific research on our customary lands,” says
Chief Gavin Taniveke of Paleka tribe who gave a speech on behalf of all the
chiefs and customary land representatives during the signing of the consent. “We
are excited about the development on the ground so far and are looking forward
to work with all the customary landowners, LLCTC and Choiseul Province,” says
David Boseto of ESSI.
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