Pride of Boeboe: opening of the marine & forest conservation home stay.
After years of hard work and commitment, on the 15 September 2016, the dream of Chief David Hakezama and the people of Boeboe village in Choiseul Province came to reality; the opening of their new homestay on the marine protected island of Tababiru. The Boeboe community started the idea of conservation many years ago. International organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities (LLCTC) spear headed the project, later joined by the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRDF), GIZ, SPREP, ESSI and the Ministry of Forestry.
Guest of honour Mr. Willie Atu from TNC officially opened the home stay after he cut the ribbon and unveiling the new sign board at the island. In his speech Mr Atu highlighted the importance of protecting marine and forest ecosystems in the Solomon Islands and acknowledged the importance of this milestone achievement in the Katupika area of Choiseul.
The opening was joined by representatives of many NGO’s, Provincial Members, Ministry of Fisheries, Tribal Chiefs of Katupika and more than 400 people from Boeboe and surrounding communities.
During the program NRDF Team leader Wilko Bosma, presented a donation of appreciation as a token of thanks from a New Zealand business man, to support the people of Boeboe in conserving their forest as part of the Nakau carbon trade programme.
Many participants gave speeches encouraging the people of Boeboe to work together as a way forward. Chiefs from the area of Katupika also appreciated what Boeboe has achieved and were challenged to take up conservation initiatives, rather than focussing only on large scale logging and mining. After the program Chief David Hakezama gave thanks to everyone for their presence and support and also encouraged the people of Boeboe to continue the good work. (Photo: Sign board unveiled by Guest of Honour Mr Willy Atu from TNC)