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Capacity- Building Workshop for the Pacific region for implementation Of the programme of Work on Protected Areas Nadi, Fiji, 9-12 February 2009 SOLOMON ISLANDS PROGRAMME OF WORK ON PROTECTED AREAS
Overall vision for Solomon Islands programme of work on protected Areas People-centred program Vehicle to progress other national priorities including the improvement of people’s livelihood and climate change impacts Sustainable and workable (visible impacts to people’s lives)
Challenges (Stakeholders engagement) The time and personnel demands on stakeholders are heavy, and consistent engagement with them is a continuing challenge
Challenges( Science and Information) Insufficient training and knowledge of existing staff involved with protected areas management Limited scientific and technical information pertaining to individual Protected Areas, as well as a lack of knowledge among communities in and nearby Protected Areas as key challenges
No Infrastructure for data and information storage/management or analysis (E.g data base and GIS) Most Protected Areas not mapped Capacity for regular monitoring/evaluation
Challenges (Governance and Institutional) No effective coordination mechanism among national inter-government ministries/depts; NGOs and private sector Legislation/Policy sometimes absent or vague; translation to practical actions unclear> lack of tangible results; lack of enforcement
Ownership of Programmes/activities/projects Programme sustainability (financing & ability of Government to absorb assistance, capacity issues)
Needs Review/develop legislation to accommodate conservation initiatives Build Scientific Technical capacity as there is evidence of insufficient training and knowledge of existing staff, limited scientific and technical information on management and project planning pertaining to Protected Areas
Infrastructure for data and information storage/management or analysis (E.g data base and GIS) Avoid duplication of activities and build synthesis with relevant conservation programmes Establish predictable financial mechanism to support training of staff and communities, as well as to hire the minimum staff required for the Protected Areas
Opportunities Strong government support Threats are well defined Availability of resources internationally Existing methodologies
CONCLUSION Solomon Islands government is seriously looking at various opportunities to addressing Protected Areas issues in the country Partnership among the Government line Ministries, regional/international institutions, NGOs, Communities and the Donors is seen as the way forward in Protected Areas development in Solomon Islands
Donors ensure their programmes support development of Solomon Islands ownership and leadership of conservation programmes within Solomon Islands Institutions to build local capacity
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