MP Temahua Calls for Improve Water Access in West New Georgia and Vona Vona BY JOHN HOUANIHAU MEMBER of Parliament for West New Georgia and Vona Vona constituency, Hon. George Temahua, has called on the Government for National Unity and Transformation to step in and resolve the continuous issue of inadequate water supply in his constituency in Western Province. During the recent sine die motion... READ MORE Seaweed Farming, a Potential for West New Georgia-Vona Vona BY JOHN HOUANIHAU THE West New Georgia-Vona Vona Constituency Member of Parliament, Hon. George Temahua, has emphasized the potential of seaweed cultivation, especially for his constituents in the Western province. During the recent sine die motion in Parliament, Hon. George Temahua expressed hope and desire for seaweed farming as a possible... READ MORE MP Nestor Giro Donates Truck to Pamahima Landowners Association BY CHRIS ALEX THE Pamahima Landowners Association has received a three-ton truck donation from Hon. Nestor Giro, the Member of Parliament for Central Makira Constituency. The official donation of the vehicle is seen as a major step towards enhancing conservation efforts and advancing sustainable development in the central region of Makira.... READ MORE 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
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Gov’t took measures towards Sustainable Forest Management

Lynda WateDec 3, 20184 min read

Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government (SIDCCG) through the Ministry of Forestry and Research has taken a drastic step to ensure sustainable management of the remaining and growing forest is taken seriously. That was the key message at the third Forest Sector Technical Working Group (FSTWG) meeting on 29th November 2018 in Honiara since its establishment early this year. The meeting gathers relevant government organisations, international, regional and local…

African Snail Scare in Numbu

African Snail Scare in Numbu

Lynda WateOct 18, 20182 min read

WOMEN farmers in Numbu community, North-East Guadalcanal, are extremely alarmed with the continuous widespread of the destructive pest, Giant African Snail, which has a major effect on their cash crops and livelihoods. There have been widespread reports of snails causing…

Vision To Protect Ocean In Solomon Islands

Vision To Protect Ocean In Solomon Islands

Lynda WateOct 17, 20187 min read

THE Minister of Environment, Honourable Dr Culwick Togamana has recently highlighted that the Solomon Islands Government is committed to integrated planning and management of our ocean. “The ocean and its resources are of great value to the people of Solomon…

Water Shortage a Vulnerability to Communities in Solomon Islands

Water Shortage a Vulnerability to Communities in Solomon Islands

Lynda WateOct 4, 20182 min read

CRISP conducting vulnerability assessments of water sources in vulnerable communities in Solomon Islands.CRISP conducting vulnerability assessments of water sources in vulnerable communities in Solomon IsldTHE Solomon Islands is threatened by climate change and is highly exposed to a range of…

CAPSI Helping SI Communities

CAPSI Helping SI Communities

Lynda WateOct 3, 20183 min read

THE Community Adaptation Pathways in Solomon Islands (CAPSI) project successfully held a four days ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop, 25-28 September, in Honiara to increase adaptive capacities for four vulnerable communities. The four communities are Nusatuva community on Kolombamgara Island, Western…

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