Our Communities

NRDF partners are conservation champions, many of whom who want to share their passion for looking after their marine and forest resources.

Many people of the Solomons still practise a traditional way of life, preferring to respect the old customs and traditions, maintaining and preserving their beautiful environment.

The priority of many communities is safety, food and education as well as making sure the resources available will continue to sustain families and the villages for generations to come.

In the Solomon Islands, most land is managed under customary tenure, meaning that local clans and members of clan groups have control over it. Villages comprise individual families placing their homes next to other relatives. There is usually a village quad where children can play and meetings can be held.

Rural villagers depend on subsistence agriculture.  Therefore, agriculture and fishing are the mainstays of village life. Any surplus food or fish is bartered or sold at the markets.

The main foods of the Solomon Islands people include  fish, coconuts, sweet potatoes, cassava, taro and rice.

WESTERN PROVINCE

The largest province in the Solomon Islands, Western Province supports most of the country’s tourist trade (outside of Honiara). The provincial capital is Gizo. The area is renowned for its beautiful tropical islands, excellent diving and snorkelling, coral reefs and WWII wrecks, ecotourism lodges, spectacular underwater cliffs, a submarine volcano, turtle beaches, game fishing, bushwalking and war relics. The province contains many small lagoons and supports some of the highest coral and fish diversity in the world. Unfortunately most of the forests in the province  have been logged.

CHOISEUL PROVINCE

The Choiseul Province lies between the island of Bougainville (part of Papua New Guinea) and Santa Isabel in the west of the Solomon Islands. The Provincial capital is Taro. The diversity of flora and fauna are widely recognised. Choiseul is also an important breeding place for the loggerhead sea turtle. The flora is represented by impressive mangrove ecosystems.

For more information about the Solomon Islands visit the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau.

Thanks to Wilko Bosma, Patrick Pikacha, Carol Petasopa and friends for these beautiful images:

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