Dear Editor please consider this letter.
Writing in the Solomon Times on Line on Monday 6 April, local journalist Georgina Kekea tells the story of the Barana Nature and Heritage Park, the biggest conservation site on Guadalcanal.
Georgina explains how the conservation site has grown since its establishment three years ago and now spans 5000 hectares of forest area in the upper catchment of the Mataniko River.
The community owned conservation area was established with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through its Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project…
It is said that a new partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, through its Small Grants Programme is supporting this further development of the park in line with the Park’s Management Plan.
As the conservation park is attracting more visitors sanitation blocks and resting areas are being constructed to add to the park’s already existing pleasant environment set amongst the site’ s extensive forests.
The Barana Nature and Heritage Park was selected under the SPREP PEBACC project to demonstrate the use of ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) in building community resilience to climate change following a comprehensive and participatory ecosystem and socio-economic resilience analysis and mapping (ESRAM) study carried out in Honiara.