BY JOHN HOUANIHAU
THE FOIROBO tribe in Baegu-Asifola in Northeast Malaita will be the first conservation group to established a conservation initiative in that particular region.
This comes following the successful launching of the new association which was held at Tasisi village in Baegu Asifola region from 15th to 17th of September.
The community conservation launching programme was held in partnership with Solomon Islands Rangers Association and funded by UNDP to help support communities to manage their own resources.
“It is part of the UNDP/GEF to support communities which are applicable in the Solomon Islands to manage their environment and natural resources,” said Eddie Huitarau.
Speaking to Environment media from Baegu Asifola Region, Solomon Islands Rangers Association General Press Secretary, Edward Haikau described the three days event as a very successful one.
“The three days awareness and Rangers Role and Management training was attended by 52 elders, men and women and roughly around 24 children who were part of the event at Tasisi village,’’ Eddie said.
He added that 9 communities comprised of men and women rangers and resources owners of areas which include, Abuiruri, Fufurongo, Patmos, Canaan, Lalade, Kalifa’asia, Usu’usue, Anisikaoere, and Watitiu in Baegu catchment areas have benefited from the three-day training.
“Yes, they are the first group to establish conservation initiatives from that region of Malaita. We also did GPS mapping for the site which is also done by our Technical specialist Mr. Wesley Omearo,” he said.
He told Environment media that the three days awareness programme which coincides with the launching at Tasisi village serves to share information with the people at the community level who are the main drivers to play a crucial role in its region.
He also pointed out that the community conservation awareness in partnership with Solomon Island rangers Association is undertaken to prepare them for their implementation towards the protected Area status.
“This initiative has pave way for Winrock to map Foirobo Tribe Biodiversity conservation into their program which is a bonus for the tribe. Winrock has called us to provide them information about this group,’’ said Eddie.
The launching and awareness training was attended by SIRA team President Albert K Genimaasua, General secretary Edward Huitarau, and Peter Kenieroa.