|Date||15 Feb 2012|
The Solomon Islands contain some of the highest species endemism and diversity in the world yet remain poorly studied. Communities in the Kahua region of Makira are dependent on natural resources for subsistence. However, a dramatically increasing human population (2.6% p.a.) is threatening the unique biodiversity and ultimately the environmental resources upon which the local people depend. While previously plentiful, recently rapid declines in resource availability have been reported, with significant ecological change occurring at landscape scales (1).
Dr Fazey has been working in the target region of this project with the Kahua Association (KA), a local grass-roots organisation, to build their capacity since 2005 (2). However no work has yet been completed on biodiversity or resource-use in the region, which in light of the current rapid rate of change in the region is essential in order to design appropriate conservation solutions that ensure continued food security for the local people alongside environmental sustainability for this biologically diverse region.
This project will:
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Mottled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum tristrami).
Tammy with the Makira thrush, (which was measured, photographed and released).
IR camera trap photo of an inquisitive juvenile Striated Heron.
Processing birds in the forest.