Coral reef conservation
Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), we have worked on fisheries and conservation in partnership with the provincial government.
Our marine areas are owned and managed by tribal communities with technical support supplied by TNC. Our long term aim is to encourage eco-tourism based on sustainable marine management practices.
Marine management activities include:
Monitoring fish, corals and invertebrates, such as sea cucumber and trochus.
Drafting management plans for all sites and communities looking after these areas.
The Chivoko watershed management project supports the Chivoko community in north-west Choiseul to sustainably manage its forests while also gaining an income. It was funded by Swiss Re-insurance on the basis of a 2008 winning watershed management proposal called Voices and Choices of Chivoko Community. The project includes a community-operated sawmill and the community is working towards accreditation from the Forest Stewardship Council for its sustainable forest management policies.
In south Choiseul, the Boe Boe community rainforest biodiversity conservation area is supported by the Natural Resource Development Foundation. This is in partnership with Boe Boe community and The Nature Conservancy.