Good Samaritan Hospital Cuts Fuel Budget BY JOHN HOUANIHAU AUSTRALIA'S SBD1.5 million off-grid renewable energy agreement with Superfly Limited under the Australia-Solomon Islands' renewable energy partnership will save Good Samaritan Hospital $1.8 million in fuel costs compared to $3 million. The Good Samaritan Hospital in North Guadalcanal provides essential healthcare services for over 43,000 people in Tetere... READ MORE Cocoa Partnership to Boost Exports and Create Local Jobs AUSTRALIA’S Strongim Bisnis recently held an evening of cocoa networking, connecting Solomon Islands cocoa businesses, international cocoa buyers, and the governments of the Solomon Islands and Australia.  Australia also facilitated the attendance of eight international cocoa buyers from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA, and Japan, providing them with the... READ MORE Mangrove Ecosystem Conservation, a Way Forward for South Malaita Tribal Community BY JOHN HOUANIHAU APUNEPARA Ha'amwaora Natural Resource Association, a community-based organization in South Malaita, has recently embarked on a mission aimed at equipping the tribal community for the conservation and protection of its terrestrial forest and mangrove ecosystems. Solomon Islands Rangers Association (SIRA) Technical Consultant Albert Chris Kwatelae told ENVIRONMENT MEDIA... READ MORE Hon. Tovosia Optimistic on Renewable Energy Partnership with Australia BY JOHN HOUANIHAU DEPUTY Prime Minister, Honorable Bradley Billy Smoky Rodo Tovosia said he is optimistic about the Australia and Solomon Islands partnership in the renewable energy sector. Hon. Minister Tovosia said this when speaking during the launch of the Off-Grid Renewable Energy partnership at the Heritage Part hotel in Honiara... READ MORE Solomon Islands Celebrates World Environment Day 2024 BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management, and Meteorology, Honourable Trevor Mahaga, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day theme suits the Solomon Islands. The Honourable Mahaga made the remark when making his keynote address on June 5 on the occasion of... READ MORE Phase 2 Begins For Tina Catchment Communities  THE Community Benefit Sharing Project – Phase 2 (CBSP-2), an innovative benefit sharing initiative in support of the Tina River Hydropower Development Project (TRHDP), is starting implementation on the ground.  Building on the success of the Community Benefit Sharing Pilot Project which ran between 2018-2023, CBSP-2 will continue to target... READ MORE Solomon Water Progress Update on Sewer Works SOLOMON Water is pleased to provide an important update on the Sewer Works – Fisheries to Ranadi Roundabout project. This project, which aims to significantly enhance the sewer infrastructure in Ranadi, is progressing despite some challenges. The project is being executed in five stages. Stage 5 was already completed. Stages 1... READ MORE Conservation International Supports Turtle Conservation Efforts in Visunauru LAST week, the Inshore Fisheries Team from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources visited Visunauru, East Guadalcanal, to brief the local community on the outcomes of a recent exchange program with the Tetepare Conservation site in the Western Province. The visit aimed to share insights and experiences gained by... READ MORE WWFSI Collaborate with Rural Communities in Marine Conservation BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Worldwide Fund for Nature Solomon Islands in partnership with Australian Government are collaborating with 18 communities to focus on marine resources, a crucial source of livelihood and income in the Solomon Islands. Worldwide Fund for Nature Solomon Islands (WWFSI) program manager Conservation Henry Kaniki said they have... READ MORE KGA Collaborates with Tina River Hydropower Project to Empower Local Communities THE 15MW renewable energy project continues to provide business opportunities for local companies such as Honiara based Kastom Gaden Association (KGA), who recently worked alongside the Gender Action Plan (GAP) Program team to train local catchment communities in agricultural practices.  KGA has been at the forefront of supporting rural... READ MORE Sato Pan Toilets Making Impact in South Vela THE work on the demonstration and installation of Sato Pan toilets across communities in South Vela, Western Province, is progressing smoothly, says Patrick Olapitu, Project Officer for the National Sanitation Sustainability Plan (NSSP) phase two program in South Vela. The National Sanitation Sustainability Plan (NSSP) phase two program was implemented... READ MORE Qwaina Calls for the Commercialization of Pineapple Production BY JOHN HOUANIHAU FOX Qwaina, a native of Santa Ana in Makira/Ulawa province, is pushing for the commercialization of pineapple in the Solomon Islands. Qwaina, a former teacher and Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Archbishop's Private Secretary, believes that pineapple has the potential to become a profitable industry in the country... READ MORE SIRA Calls for Decentralizing of Powers for Sustainable Forestry Practices BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Solomon Islands Rangers Association (SIRA) is urging the new government forming after the 2024 national elections to prioritize the decentralization of powers for sustainable forestry practices in the country. The association, a non-government organization that represents local rangers responsible for managing and protecting the country's forests, is... READ MORE Political Parties Urged to Promote Conservation & Carbon Trade BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Solomon Islands Rangers Association (SIRA) has urged the country’s political parties to prioritize conservation efforts and promote carbon trading in the upcoming elections. Albert Chris Kwatelae, SIRA’s technical consultant, told ENVIRONMENT MEDIA that he believes carbon trading and conservation are a positive step forward for both the... READ MORE Geza Community Transformed by Cocoa Livelihood Project: Tiva I AM 72 years old now, and I find myself comfortably relaxing and drying cocoa beans in my permanent, clear corrugated solar cocoa dryer funded by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Solomon Islands, says Barnabas Tiva, a father from Geza Village in Northeast Guadalcanal. Barnabas Tiva recently shared his... READ MORE Government Implements Nationwide Ban on Single-Use Plastics THE six months Grace period given to importers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of certain single use plastics has ended on 1stth March 2024. As of 2nd March 2024, all provisions in the Regulation to regulate certain single use plastics in the country will now take full effect. The five items banned in... READ MORE Projects on Road Network and Wharves in Solomon Islands THE Land and Maritime Connectivity Project that is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is delivering results and is already boosting land and maritime connectivity and strengthening the transport network in Solomon Islands. In keeping with ADB’s role as Asia and the Pacific’s climate bank, Solomon Islands’ vulnerability to... READ MORE Four Livestock Officers on a Meat Inspection Training in Australia MINISTRY of Agriculture & Livestock (MAL) despatched four Livestock officers over the weekend to train in Queensland, Australia to become meat inspectors. The opportunity is funded by the SI Agriculture Rural Transformation (SIART) project. It will ensure that the project meets its objective and as well the livestock sector will... READ MORE Strengthening Local Medical Waste Management Efforts THE first of 4 medical waste incinerators funded by the World Bank’s Covid 19 Emergency Response Project through the Project Management Unit (PMU) within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is near completion. The incinerators are part of the activities funded under the project which aims to prevent, detect... READ MORE Plastic Ban in Solomon Islands Set to Take Effect in March THE countdown is on as the grace period for the ban on Single Use Plastic will come to an end on March 1, 2024. With only two weeks remaining, businesses and consumers must now prepare to comply with the new rules that prohibit the importation, manufacturing, distribution, supply, and sale... READ MORE