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Agreement signed to support national park establishment

1st December 2012
Agreement signed to support national park establishment

In the Choiseul Province NRDF is working with the Boeboe community to set aside 2000ha to become a national park, to protect this land from destructive land use. In November 2012, a five-year agreement was signed with NRDF to support the establishment of the Guerre National Park. Due to the exploration interests of a nickel mining company, the protection of this unique ironwood forest land was a huge priority. The best way for the Boeboe landowners to protect this unique ecosystem, was to register this land as a national park. Ironwood is a protected tree under Solomon law. Choiseul has been described as containing some of the largest remaining stands of lowland rainforest in the Pacific and these forests support a greater biodiversity than any other province in the Solomons.

Many species of plants and animals in Solomon Islands are still unknown to science, and tragically at the current rate of large scale logging many will be destroyed before they are discovered. As part of NRDF’s FSC© forest management system, partners are encouraged set at least 10% of their land aside for forest conservation. Some of these NRDF conservation activities are supported by the Rufford Small Grants Foundation in the United Kingdom.