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Solomon Islands Marine Resource Network to Get More Funding

Solomon Islands Marine Resource Network to Get More Funding

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Researchers prepare to dive in Solomon Islands (Photo from Coral Triangle Initiative)

Researchers prepare to dive in Solomon Islands (Photo from Coral Triangle Initiative)

The Solomon Islands Locally Managed Marine Areas Network (SILMMA) has been named a charitable trust which means it can now have access to more funds to help support its programs.

The group’s new status as a charitable trust will give the organization access to funds from various donors, a report from the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) said.

“Although SILMMA has been an active network since its inception 10 years ago, many activities that SILMMA planned have not been possible due to limited resources,” said Peter H. Kenilorea, SILMMMA coordinator, as quoted by the CTI report.

Kenilorea, who is also a senior fisheries officer at the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, added that as a charitable trust, the group “will be able to apply for funding and expand work in the communities.”

The SILMMA is a partnership of marine resource organizations to ensure effective management of marine resources in Solomon Islands.

It is a key mechanism for marine protection in Solomon Islands and the main resource for the Solomon Islands CTI-CFF National Coordinating Committee on the nomination of sites to the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System.

SILMMA is also part of a wider regional locally managed marine area network of community-based practitioners working within Asia and the Pacific.

In 2008, SILMMA coordination transitioned to the government under the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. SILMMA contributed to the review of the Fisheries Act, an amendment of which includes a section to empower community resource management plans and bylaws.

(Story and photo courtesy of the Coral Triangle Initiative)

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