BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
MINISTRY of Forest and Research has commended the successful implementation of the Integrating Global Environment Commitments in Investment and Development Decision Making (IGECIDDM) Project in the country.
The project is a partnership between GEF, United Nation Development Programme and Solomon Islands Government with a timeframe of three years, from 2015—2018.
Deputy Commissioner Mr Terrence Titiulu said the project has been a great boost to the Government’s awareness programmes.
He said government has benefitted particularly when facing difficulties with cash flow to implement its awareness programmes.
Titiulu said such project has pulled together key ministries—MECDM, MAL, MoFR, MJLA LALSU including SINU which made a positive collaborative to conduct effective awareness programmes to country’s target areas.
He also adds that it was realised that all are working towards addressing the same environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation caused by unsustainable logging and mining, non-subsistence agriculture, invasion of invasive plant and animal species.
Titiulu also said that during the project’s timeframe it helped educating public on where to seek help or collaborate as well as what their right are under the various laws regulating these issues.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Dr Culwic Togamana also commended thee UNDP, SINU, MECDM through his PS, and MEHRD for the great work done.
He adds the IGECIDDM project has left behind tangible outcome for developing book materials which education generation now and future about importance of conserving environment.