BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SECRETARIAT of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) established the Barana Community Nature Park purposely to promote ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and environment management.
SPREP Country Manager Mr Fred Siho Patison said Barana Community Nature Park is an initiative to promote ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, basically re-enforcing the role of nature to strengthen community resilience to climate change.
He said decision to build the Nature Park concept around an environment information centre reflects the need to invest in empowering the community to make informed decision about the environment and their natural resources.
However, Mr Patison challenged the Barana community to claim ownership and take good care of the community asset and environment for their current and future generation because SPREP and other partners are only here for a while.
“Let me convey to the Barana community, SPREP and other partners are only here to re-enforce the message that looking after the environment is important for yourselves and the future generations.
“Your commitment and support is basically investing in yourselves and your children.
“To the provincial government and the national government, we would like to see this project continuing into future and the Barana community Nature Park management and business plan is to re-enforce that vision.”
Patison said SRPEP is looking forward to further discussing with the GP local and national government in the coming months.
SPREP is an intergovernmental organisation owned by the SIG that also set compass to serve the people of Solomon Islands.
Its headquarter is in Apia, Samoa.