Barana Community in North-West Guadalcanal today marked the annual ‘World Environment day’.
This is the first time the event is held outside the capital city with rural people, also marking the progress of the proposed ‘Barana nature park to be completed next year.
Attendees included the Guadalcanal premier, Hon. Anthony Veke, government officials, representatives of the ‘The Secretariat’ of the Pacific Regional Environment Program , and the people of Barana.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Beat plastic pollution’, highlighting the drastic impact plastic has on the global natural environment.
Speaking during the event today, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Dr Melchoir Mataki reiterated the government’s support in promoting and supporting community environmental conservation.
“The presence of the nature park here at Mbarana community is part and parcel of the government’s effort to promote environmental management and sustainable natural resource management,” he said.
“Its also about us having to look for innovative and sustainable revenue generation opportunities, and I think Mbarana community is leading the way.”
Meanwhile Guadalcanal Premier Hon Anthony Veke praised the people of Barana for giving a home to the nature park.
“The creation of the Mbarana community nature park represents an opportunity to showcase our efforts to sustainably manage our natural resources,”he said.
“This is also to generate sustainable income from eco-tourism activities, as a province we will support this nature park project to ensure long term sustainability and its success.”
By: Lowen Sei.