Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the Solomon Islands, near-shore logging operations significantly reduce populations of juvenile bumphead parrotfish on their nursery grounds, according to new research from Nature Conservancy scientists, jeopardizing both reef health and local livelihoods. Historically an important species for subsistence fishermen in the Solomon Islands, bumpheads are now increasingly the targets of commercial spear fisheries.

Rules of Engagement: Solomon Islanders Prepare for Mining

Cool Green Science

For better or for worse, most people in the Solomon Islands , one of our planet’s most wondrous places, have little idea how mining will impact their lives. But after over three years of supporting The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program, I see that it is a pivotal time for the communities we work with there. After months of planning, which involved securing our Solomon Islands participants passports and visas (no simple task!)


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Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

Nature Conservancy - Science

Consider the challenge: sea turtles nest on island beaches, one of the habitats hit hardest by rising sea levels. The recovery occurred on the largest rookery in the Solomon Islands. After 20 years, data show the number of hawskbill nests laid on the Arnavon Islands , part of the Solomons, increased by 200 percent. Climate Change Marine Reptiles asia pacific marine reptiles sea turtles Solomon Islands

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Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the Solomon Islands, women’s groups are running an education program to help local people make more informed decisions about mining. From the Field Asia Pacific Indigenous Peoples TNC Science Women in Science

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

Nature Conservancy - Science

Nature Conservancy scientists are investigating the illegal turtle trade in the Solomon Islands. From the Field Wildlife Arnavon Islands turtle tagging expedition Asia Pacific Endangered Species Herps TNC Science

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Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

New science shows that community-managed protected are failing to protect two important reef fish species in the Solomon Islands. Fish & Fisheries Asia Pacific Endangered Species Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Protected Areas TNC Science

Down But Not Out: Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles are Back in the Fight

Cool Green Science

The story of the hawksbill sea turtle on the Arnavon Islands is one of them. The Arnavon Islands The Arnavon Islands are nestled within the larger chain of the Solomon Islands archipelago just east of where I grew up in Papua New Guinea. Local conservationists on the coast of the Arnavon Islands in the Solomon Islands, observe a tagged Hawksbill Sea Turtle laying eggs on the beach.

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Journey to Tikopia: Conservation Challenges in Remote Melanesia

Cool Green Science

In November 2016, my wife Sarah and I found ourselves on a domestic flight from Honiara bound for the small coastal town of Gizo in the Western Province of Solomon Islands. I first travelled to the Western Solomon’s in 1996 as a young marine science student, eager to learn all I could about the ecology and culture of this breathtakingly beautiful region. I’m far more accustomed to travelling in 23-foot banana boats and living in leaf huts when I visit the Solomons.

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Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

Nature Conservancy - Science

The largest hawksbill turtle rookery in the Solomon Islands is showing signs of recovery – a striking bit of good news for a species that has faced 150 years of near-constant doom and gloom. After 20 years, data show the number of hawskbill nests laid on the Arnavon Islands, the focus of this paper, increased by 200 percent. The Arnavon Islands would have in the past been considered an unlikely candidate for sea turtle conservation success.

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The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

Moonrise in the Arnavon Islands. Meanwhile, the Conservancy is using a combination of policy and science to better understand the extent of the illegal shell trade in the Solomon Islands and get further protection for the Arnavons rookery. “In the field.” ” It’s where a lot of science gets done — from remote jungles to windswept deserts to the downtown business district.

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Filling in the mystery of the newly discovered ghost whale

Green Prophet

When first classified as a species in 2003, Omura’s were only known in three locations – the Sea of Japan, the Solomon Islands east of Papua New Guinea, and the Keeling Islands, west of Indonesia. The map on where to find the world’s most newly discovered large whale species is rapidly beginning to be filled in.

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Searching for a Rare Nautilus, Round 2

Nature Conservancy - Science

In November 2015, Nature Conservancy scientist Richard Hamilton was staying at a remote lodge en route to conducting scientific fieldwork in the Solomon Islands. Passing through the thatched-roof restaurant, he noticed several, strange nautilus shells tucked above the bar, alongside other shells and driftwood washed up on the island’s beaches. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Arnavon Islands Edition. But what about the Solomon Islands?

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Headhunters, Poaching, & Arson: Community Conservation in the Arnavons

Nature Conservancy - Science

After a 40-year history punctuated by arson, conflict, and poaching, conservation efforts in the Arnavon Islands are yielding a glimmer of hope for hawksbills sea turtles. Now, Conservancy scientists are working with local communities to make these critical islands the first site to be registered under the Solomon Islands’ 2010 Protected Area Act. By the 1800s, hawksbill shell — often erroneously called tortoiseshell — became the first major export from the Solomons.

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The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change


Top of the list is Singapore , followed by Rwanda, China, India and the Solomon Islands consecutively. A new study published in PLOS ONE has identified countries most at risk of “climate change-related harm” and those in a good position to deal with climate change’s effects. The study scientifically demonstrates the correlation between toxic pollution that can directly damage human health and non-toxic pollution such as greenhouse gas emissions.

Countries Agree To Protect One-Third Of All Coral Reefs

Eco Friendly Daily

The countries agreeing to and impacted by the project include Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New guinea, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. This week at the World Oceans Conference in Indonesia, numerous countries made an agreement to protect coral reefs. The countries are agreeing to protect coral reefs, reduce pollution, stop over fishing and help coastal communities.

Why Conservation Needs Women: Supporting Women’s Networks for Community Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

The women huddle over the sea turtle, whispering quietly in Solomon pidgin. They have lived their entire lives just a short boat ride away from these islands, which are the largest hawksbill sea turtle rookery in the South Pacific. And most of them had never even visited the Arnavon Islands, where their communities have led conservation efforts to protect this endangered species for more than 20 years.

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New Protections & Tagged Turtles Provide Hope for the Arnavon Islands

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, a second round of tagged turtles will provide more data, while new protections in the Arnavon Islands provide a major advantage to prosecuting illegal poachers. In April 2016, Nature Conservancy scientists traveled to the remote Arnavon Islands and satellite-tagged 10 female hawksbill sea turtles. A final turtle stayed close in the Solomon Islands, migrating just 220 kilometers to a reef off of Isabel Island.

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

Nature Conservancy - Science

New research from the Solomon Islands indicates that hyperstability — when catch rates remain high even as fish are rapidly depleted — could be a major challenge for assessing data-poor coral reef fisheries. Nestled on the northwest corner of Isabel Island, the Kia district is surrounded by shallow coastal reefs and extensive mangrove-lined lagoons. There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish.

Gorgeous, Ethically Harvested Bespoke Wood Plantation Shutters to Transform Your Home

Eco Chic

The Sumatra Shutters hail from a plantation in the Solomon Islands that protects and preserves the forest and provides full accountability and traceability of this premium timber. S:CRAFT offers a range of stylish, practical and responsibly sourced shutter solutions ideal for windows, skylights, swimming pools, kitchens, french doors and dividers. Windows are the eyes to your home’s soul.

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Leatherback sea turtles are disappearing from the West Coast


Scientists later discovered that these turtles are a subset of leatherbacks that hatch on the beaches in Indonesia, Pupa New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The number of western Pacific leatherback sea turtles in the foraging population on the coast of California has decreased by 80% in the past 30 years. This unique type of sea turtle dates back to the days of dinosaurs.

Unraveling the Mystery of Hawksbill Sea Turtle Migration

Nature Conservancy - Science

An outboard motor roars in the distance, quickly approaching the island as the sun crests over the distant horizon. I’m here with Nature Conservancy scientists and local conservation officers in the Arnavon Islands, where we’re tagging nesting hawksbill sea turtles with satellite trackers to discover where these turtles forage in-between nesting years and the migration routes they take to get there. Four Islands On A Far Horizon.

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Welcome to the Sea Turtle Rodeo

Nature Conservancy - Science

Cruising over coral reefs and seagrass meadows in the Arnavon Islands, I watch as the conservation rangers in the bow yell and point; first left, then right, then left again as a young green turtle bobs and weaves below us, trying to outrun our boat. A Safe Haven for Greens in the Solomons. In Solomon Islands, the nickname for the species is “Solomon’s beef.”). It takes real skill to catch a sea turtle…. Especially when you have to wrestle it out of the water.

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A Slaughter on Sikopo: Poaching Threatens Hawksbill Turtles in the Arnavons

Nature Conservancy - Science

They were heading for the Arnavon Islands, and they were hunting turtles. It’s still legal to kill a sea turtle in the Solomons — but only for subsistence. In addition to the prohibitions on trading endangered species under CITES, the Solomon Islands 1998 Fisheries Act makes it illegal to kill a nesting turtle and to sell, purchase, or export any turtle product. The Solomons actually has great legislation for turtles, but it’s very hard to enforce,” explains Hamilton.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

Nature Conservancy - Science

But these tuna fisheries also generate a lot of roadkill and provide little revenue to the local countries where fish are caught, including the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. For example, the Solomon Islands’ per-capita GDP of $600 USD ranks it as a lesser developed nation, and more than 75 percent of its labor force is engaged in subsistence and fishing.

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Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Cool Green Science

I recently travelled to the island of Pohnpei, one of the states in the Federated States of Micronesia, to engage with local partners on tuna project. Pohnpei, like many Pacific islands, is facing a serious decline in their reef fish. This is quite troubling for an island community that relies heavily on reef fish as their primary source of protein. There may be an opportunity that can contribute to food security of these small Pacific Islands – tuna.

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Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

Nature Conservancy - Science

James will examine the current role of women in the Conservancy’s Melanesia programs — specifically Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands — and the perceived impacts of their involvement. Kia village children in Isabel Province, Solomon Islands. Conservation needs innovative science, but it also needs articulate scientists who can convey the full impact of their work to a wide variety of audiences.

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Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Cool Green Science

One exciting commitment at the Congress was the Australian government’s pledge of an additional $AUD 6 million to support The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) —a joint commitment by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste to protect marine and coastal resources across the region. Kofiau is part of the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia located in the Coral Triangle.

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Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

Nature Conservancy - Science

Along the coastal waters, land and sea intertwine in the tangle of twisted mangrove forest that encircles the islands of Micronesia. Willie Atu (on left), Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program showing a map of the conserved and threatened areas of the Solomons to the Mothers Union (the Mothers Union is a group of Kia women who have worked with the Conservancy to raise conservation awarness). What is the ocean worth?

China’s Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges

Cool Green Science

These range from protecting elephants in Kenya, to addressing the impact of mining in the Solomon Islands, to tackling deforestation in Brazil. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek. China’s economic growth over the last few decades has been extraordinary.

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Coconut oil production is a danger to vulnerable species


The cultivation of coconut oil has been detrimental to ecosystems and is even expected to be responsible for the extinction of some animals, including the Marianne white eye, a tiny bird, and the feared-to-be-extinct Ontong Java flying fox, found only on the Solomon Islands. Coconut oil has been in the spotlight for a while now as a superstar for personal care and healthier eating.

Searching for the Rare “Crusty Nautilus” in the Bismarck Sea

Nature Conservancy - Science

scrobiculatus have been found throughout Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but there have been no confirmed sightings of live A. That afternoon we travelled to Ndrova Island on Matawai’s famous climate challenger canoe. Ndrova Island was one of the locations where Ward and Saunders had found Allonautilus in 1984, and in 2014 the Mbunai community declared the island and surrounding marine environment a protected area.

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International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

The issue is complex as some countries have boats on the assembly line or in the planning stages, and the small island developing states (SIDS) aspire to develop their purse seine fisheries. The Cook Island’s proposal for a Special Management Area in the Eastern High Seas Pocket was agreed to by the Commission. Participating Territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.

The Charismatic and Elusive Birds of Manus Island

Nature Conservancy - Science

This explosive call announces the arrival of a new day on Manus Island , in Papua New Guinea’s smallest and northernmost province. The call belongs to a bird the locals call the “ Chauka ” and ornithologists call the Manus Friarbird ( Philemon albitorques ), a species endemic to Manus Island. In the short time I spent on Manus Island, the Chauka seemed to be well known by everyone , much like the Kookaburra of Australia, Ostrich of Africa and Bald Eagle of North America.

Why Is It Important to Conserve Biodiversity?


As John Donne famously penned, “No man is an island.” We rely upon each other. Life has existed on our planet for over. three and a half billion years. Over that time, over 95 percent of the species that have existed have become extinct and new species better adapted to threats and changing conditions have evolved. . So why worry about the loss of biodiversity now?

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Combining the Where & How of Conservation Planning: A New Book from Eddie Game & Craig Groves

Nature Conservancy - Science

Game, the Conservancy’s lead scientist for the Asia Pacific region, has worked on conservation projects in more than 15 countries, applying innovative methods and analyses to community protected areas in the Solomon Islands, grazing management in northern Kenya, and catchment restoration in Colombia. Where do you do conservation, how do you do it, and what do you need to get there? They’re simple questions, but conservation planners know that the answers are anything but simple.

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Sylvia Earle and IUCN Invite World Leaders to Celebrate and Extend Ocean Protection

Green (Living) Review

The seven-day TED conference will take place on a ship in the Galapagos Islands. Other countries supporting ocean protection include the UK, South Africa, Australia, and the Coral Triangle Initiative nations (Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands). Watch this exclusively on The Underwater Channel.tv

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

years), Samoa (31.3), Tonga (31.3), Morocco (32.8), Senegal (32.8), Albania (32.8), Georgia (32.8), Armenia (34.3), St Vincent & Grenadines (36.1), Kenya (36.1), Maldives (37.9), Kyrgyzstan (37.9), Burkina Faso (37.9), India (40.1), Cook Islands (40.1), Bhutan (42.4), Yemen (45.1), Tajikistan (45.1), Mozambique (45.1), Rwanda (45.1), Burundi (45.1), Lesotho (48.1), Swaziland (48.1).

Live & Learn - Environmental Education and Community Development

The Green Changemakers

[link] Our Objectives The overall objectives of Live & Learn are: To provide an integrated, educational approach promoting community transition to sustainable development while maintaining a strong focus on community realities and priorities. To promote increased quality and innovation of teaching and learning in formal and community education.

Scientists uncover key to boosting carbon capture

The Green Changemakers

Our neighbours, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, for all of these forestry and agriculture are right at the centre of the emissions problem. "So, signature In response to Eric's homework recently the french proverb, the Earth gives back what is given. I thought I would share it with you all. There are plenty of articles about carbon sequestration, but this one is quick and pretty comprehensive.

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen. Quantitative, country by country analysis of the Climate Debt of Climate Debtor countries versus the Climate Credit of Climate Creditor countries may prove to be a valuable litigation weapon in the fight of Island States for their very physical survival.