15 March 2023, Honiara, Solomon Islands – A data workshop focused on identifying and collating updated datasets from stakeholders that will enhance the spatial analysis of the network of protected areas in the Solomon Islands was conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) through its Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) programme this week.
The workshop, was conducted as part of the International Union Conservation for Nature (IUCN) project on _Ensuring Resilient Ecosystems and Representative Protected Areas in the Solomon Islands (EREPA). The workshop was co-facilitated through technical support provided by SPREP, and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECDM), through the Environment and Conservation Division.
The stakeholders also conducted a field visit to one of the EREPA project sites in the Guadalcanal province, the Barana Community Nature Park which is supported and managed by the local community. The visit included activities like local community farming initiatives and the planting of native tree seedlings by stakeholders.