Solomon Islands: Capacity Development Across Scales

Our work in the Solomons continues to strengthen and expand conservation capacity at national, provincial, and community scales. Our efforts emphasize institution building at the national and local levels, as well as strengthened governance structures to enhance the conservation impact of traditionally marginalized local actors. 

The CBC and local partners organized a training and exchange workshop with monitors from several communities from throughout the archipelago. The training convened members of local communities in Akara, Guadalcanal, and Malaita, all of whom have expressed an interest in establishing resource management areas. Training activities targeted a variety of survey techniques for key environments, including coral reef and sea grass beds, and species, such as invertebrates and fish, and included activities such as use of GPS units, camera traps, and methods for estimating the amount of carbon sequestered within a given forest plot.

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Our local counterpart the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP) is working with BirdLife International and community-based organizations in Makira on field surveys searching for the Makira Moorhen, an endemic bird to the Solomon Islands which is presumed to be extinct. SICCP assisted in the community organizing and media efforts around advancing a conservation strategy and protected area designation for the central highlands of Guadalcanal. 

AMNH built ranger capacity within community-based organizations through direct training and exchanges with resource management authorities in national and provincial governments. Ad hoc and formal community exchanges ranged from formal workshops to informal look-and-learn involvement. As part of our institutional capacity building efforts, the CBC has partly supported SICCP staff attendance at international and regional gatherings including the World Parks Congress, IUCN regional forums, and Society for Conservation Biology meetings, and national conservation planning and leadership gatherings in the Solomons. All of these exchanges have been fundamental to broadening the impact of successes and lessons learned through SICCP programs.