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 Tamboko Bridge Roadwork Repairs Are Progressing Well BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Tamboko Bridge roadwork repairs in the north-west region of Guadalcanal province are progressing well, according to the latest update from the rural resident, Dickson Lavusi. Dickson told ENVIRONMENT MEDIA that the repairs, which began a week ago, are aimed at addressing the deteriorating condition of the bridge,... READ MORE Japan Boosts Ministry of Mines with Vital Geoscience Equipment THE Government of Japan continues to boost the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) with vital Geoscience with the handover of a consignment of latest modern equipment last week. The consignment included a specially designed research vehicle, a Carbon and Sulphur Analyser, a Gas Chromatograph and an X-ray... READ MORE Solomon Islands Still in Tropical Cyclone Season THE National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) through the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) reminds the country that our official tropical cyclone season for 2023/2024 starts from November last year 2023 to April this year 2024.  In this regard people are reminded to keep themselves updated on the daily rainfall warnings... READ MORE Strong Wind Warning Issued for Most Waters in Solomon Islands BY JOY OFASIA THE Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued a strong wind warning that remains in effect for most waters across the country, urging boaters, fishermen, and coastal residents to exercise caution. According to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS), a trough lies south of Solomon Island while a general... READ MORE Bad Weather Damaged Roads in Central Makira BY CHRIS ALEX WIDESPREAD damage was created on the road network connecting the Central and Western regions of Makira and Ulawa provinces during the current severe weather. Heavy rain and strong wind have caused coastal flooding and damaged large sections of the region’s transport and infrastructure network (economic route), causing frustration... READ MORE New Forestry and Research Permanent Secretary Sworn-In THE new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Forestry and Research, Richardson Raomae was sworn-in by the Acting Governor General, Patterson John Oti at Government House today. Mr Raomae from Dairana Village in Central Kwara’ae, Malaita Province has a long career in forestry with the Ministry spanning back to 1993... READ MORE Collapse Roads Takes Toll on North-West Guadalcanal Agricultural Community BY JOHN HOUANIHAU IN a tragic turn of events, yesterday's devastating floods wreaked havoc on critical road infrastructure connecting three key bridges in the North-West region of Guadalcanal province. The aftermath of this catastrophe has left local farmers in dire circumstances, grappling with significant challenges that may hinder their livelihoods for... READ MORE Feasibility Study on Auki Road Tarsealing Project Conclude THE feasibility study on the Auki Road Network Tarsealing project was successfully concluded last week by six Chinese engineers in the Provincial capital. The weeklong study is being conducted in collaboration with local engineers from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) together with key Provincial stakeholders including Solomon Power, Solomon... READ MORE Public Urged to Take Precautions in Severe Weather BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE Solomon Islands Meteorological Services has issued an urgent warning to the general public in the country to take necessary safety measures as heavy rain, rough seas, thunderstorms, and strong winds continue to persist over most parts of the Solomon Islands. With the wet season in full swing,... READ MORE Ministry of Agriculture Receives I.T Equipment to Improve Biosecurity THE Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) has supported   Biosecurity Solomon Islands in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with the provision of IT equipment to support the implementation of ePhyto in Solomon Islands. The equipment which included laptops, bags and a printer was handed over to... READ MORE
Perceptions on Single-Use Plastic Ban in Solomon Islands

Perceptions on Single-Use Plastic Ban in Solomon Islands

Lynda WateJan 13, 20203 min read

BY AGNES MENANOPO  PLASTIC waste or pollution has become a general environmental issue and has gained considerable attention in recent years in the Solomon Islands. The country has experienced an increasing amount of single-use plastics (plastic bottles and bags) being littered into the environment over the years. Since the government through the Ministry of Environment (MECDM) has identified the proposed plan to ban on the single-use of plastics as a priority to consider…

SI Government to Consider Ban on Single-Use Plastic

SI Government to Consider Ban on Single-Use Plastic

Lynda WateJan 10, 20202 min read

BY AGNES MENANOPO SOLOMON Islands Government Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), Environment Division has declared the initial proposed plan to ban on the single-use of plastics to make the environment clean. The Environment Division is…

Honiara Central Market Faces Toilet Trouble

Honiara Central Market Faces Toilet Trouble

Lynda WateJan 9, 20203 min read

BY JOY OFASIA PUBLIC toilet and shower (sanitary) facility at the Honiara Central Market has proven very difficult to maintain due to unsettled water bills, lack of water, and frequent septic tank blockage, according to local toilet cleaner. Honiara Central…

Street Cleaners Urges Residents to Keep City Clean

Street Cleaners Urges Residents to Keep City Clean

Lynda WateJan 8, 20202 min read

BY JOY OFASIA STREET cleaners employed under the Rapid Employment Project (REP) have urged residents to avoid littering of rubbish and other debris in and around the Honiara City. The cleaners have over the years taken the lead in keeping…

  YWCA Members Turning Wastes into Useful Products

  YWCA Members Turning Wastes into Useful Products

Lynda WateDec 17, 20193 min read

BY JOY OFASIA YOUNG Women Christian Association (YWCA) has recognized the importance and opportunities for its members to protect the environment by turning waste into useful products. Women and young girls have now work on cycling paper and fabric, and…

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