Honiara : 18 February 2017
Letter to the Editor, Island Sun and Solomon Star Newspapers.
A non-for-profit organisation in east Are’are in Malaita Province, the Takataka Eco Village Conservation Foundation (TEVCF), has been rewarded with a USD$5,000 grant from the Global Green Fund which will be put towards further environmental conservation of the Kira tribal land.
A spokesperson for the TEVCA has said the grant will engage the participation of the Rira Tribe in general conservation awareness and mapping the customary land boundary of the conservation area.
The project is expected to take one year, with the aim conserving the Kira Tribal land and enhancing local forest biodiversity which has been threatened by logging operations there.
The project’s Vision, Project Coordinator, Andrew Taraha, said TEVCF wanted to inspire and empower indigenous people and resource custodians to build viable and vibrant communities that enhance value based development at all levels.
Mr Taraha has said their mission statement is designed to improve access rights to natural resources, promote community sustainable livelihoods and to educating communities to realise the value and importance of unique natural environments.
Mr Taraha and the TEVCF, along with all the community members of the Kira tribe, are to be congratulated on their Global Green Fund Award and on the fine example their environmental work is doing in furthering conservation.
The ‘Global Greengrants Fund’ is a world platform working with local communities through projects to address environmental issues impacting people.