IUCN welcomes Solomon Islands as new State Member

05 May 2010 | News story

The Government of Solomon Islands has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes, becoming the 83rd State Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology has been designated by the Government of Solomon Islands as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat.

IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Solomon Islands, a country of diverse culture, languages and customs. Comprising of nearly one thousand islands and a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres, the Solomon Islands hosts a wealth of unique ecosystems and some remarkable plant and animal species. Known as a biodiversity hotspot, this island nation is one of the few geographically complex areas on Earth exhibiting high levels of endemism. The diversity of the Solomon Islands’ natural resources, its cultural diversity, and its growing efforts in the area of nature conservation make us proud to welcome this country as a new State Member of our Union.

The Solomon Islands is small and diverse and our biological diversity is threatened by natural and man-made hazards”, commented Mr Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary for Conservation in the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology. “On a national level we are committed to conservation of our biological diversity. We are mindful though that our dreams of conservation would not come about if we are to only act locally. Globally we must partner with the rich resources of IUCN to make a difference in the country. By partnering with IUCN we can conserve the smallness and diversity of the country for Solomon Islanders - past, present and future”. He added, “State Membership of IUCN is one of the best decisions made by the Government of Prime Minister Sikua”.

The Solomon Islands has joined key environmental conventions, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and others.

IUCN is already working in the Solomon Islands, liaising with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology through the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation and also through IUCN Oceania’s newly developed Mangroves project – Mangrove EcoSystems for Climate change Adaptation and Livelihoods. The Solomon Islands joins Australia, Nauru, New Zealand and Fiji as IUCN State Members in Oceania.

I am excited about the Solomon Islands’ membership”, says Taholo Kami, Regional Director for IUCN Oceania’s office. “With its rich biodiversity and cultural heritage, IUCN welcomes their membership and is looking forward to increasing collaboration with the government of the Solomon Islands to confront the challenge of managing the country’s unique biodiversity and natural resources”.

Contact person: Helen Pippard, Membership Focal Point, IUCN Regional Office for Oceania, Tel: +679 3319084, Email: helen.pippard@iucn.org, www.iucn.org/oceania