The Western Province is a high marine biodiversity area with one of the most biologically rich ecosystems in the Solomon Islands.
Since 1995, WWF has been working there with government and communities from Ghizo and surrounding islands, to develop an effective model for co-management approaches to Marine Conservation.
The conservation challenges and threats that the Solomon Islands face are common to most Pacific Island countries. The people have a high dependency on marine resources for subsistence and also for generating cash income. A number of threats and pressures exist on these marine resources including logging, overfishing, pollution and climate change. All of these factors are compounded by rapid population growth particularly in coastal areas. This leads to an increase in coastal development and additional pressure on both terrestrial and near-shore natural resources in the area.
The WWF Pacific Solomon Islands office have a strong focus on Community Based Resource Management which is a critical and central strategy of the Solomon Islands government for securing benefits of marine and terrestrial resources under their National Plan of Action (NPOA). This is the primary document that guides conservation in the Solomon Islands.
Projects and Programmes
Inshore Fisheries Aggregating Devices Project (IFAD)
The IFAD project is supported by WWF Australia and funded by Australian Aid and John West Australia. It addresses income, livelihoods, food security and ecology in the context of ecosystem-based governance and management of coastal fisheries. The main beneficiaries of the initiative are the people of Ghizo Island (about 6,000 people).