Monitoring their waters

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AS the impacts of climate change to the marine ecosystem continues over the years, communities venture into initiatives that could help this ecosystem to be resilience and adapt to the changing climate impacts.
Increase in temperature caused the corals to bleach while increase in sea level may cause death to the corals due to lack in reach of sunlight to the corals to photosynthesize in order to make their own food to survive.
These impacts are evident in the coral reef ecosystem around our province.
Thus the initiative to conserve and manage the coral reefs is way forward that will help the coral reef ecosystem become healthy and will be able adapt to the changing climate variables.
The Ridges to Reefs conservation and environmental management approach in Choiseul Province is a management tool that will help resource management and use as well as ecosystem adapting and become resilience to the impacts of the changing climate.
Thus, the inclusion of the four tribal community marine management areas to the Lauru Protected Area Network is a value added to the initiative.
As part of the activities in managing the tribal managed marine areas, a two-day community based biological monitoring training workshop was conducted by The Nature Conservancy for four tribal communities of Vurango, Mamarana, Loimuni and Subesube of North West Choiseul.
The two days training took place at the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Community (LLCTC) headquarters at Supizae Island, adjacent to Taro, the provincial capital from the 5th to the 6th December 2016.
Two representatives from each of the four communities attended the training.
The training manual used was developed by the Solomon Islands Locally Managed Marine Areas (SILMMA) Network.
It is a simple formal scientific method to monitor or survey the marine resources such as the coral reef cover, the invertebrates and the fish population in a managed area and also the control site (open area).
The method is simple enough for the community monitors to understand and carry out.
The objective of the training is to build the capacity of the community participants to be able to monitor their own resources over time.
Once equipped with the skills, they will be able to take part in monitoring their marine managed areas over time and to see that effective management of their conservation areas is vital.
This management initiative is also part of the whole of Province approach being undertaken for climate change adaptation through the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change adaptation program (CHICCAP), that is securing the future of the people of Lauru now with the objective: “To increase the resilience of Lauru People and communities against the impacts of climate change and threats of natural disasters, to enhance their food security and to strengthen the resilience of natural ecosystem in Choiseul”.

Participants ready to try out the monitoring method at Parama Island Conservation Area.
Participants ready to try out the monitoring method at Parama Island Conservation Area.
Some of the participants try out the monitoring method.
Some of the participants try out the monitoring method.