The traditional diet in Solomon Islands used to consist of fish and locally grown vegetables. However, this has changed in recent decades with today’s diet characterized by large amounts of carbohydrate staples and a heavily reliance on imported, processed food. 

More than 80% of Solomon Islanders live in coastal communities, where fisheries and marine resources are critical sources of food, nutrition and income. To replenish dwindling fish stocks and ensure plentiful supplies for future generations, communities are developing fisheries management plans to control the use of marine resources.

Coastal communities in Malaita, Solomon Islands are leading training workshops to teach participants how to replant mangroves and corals. These critical ecosystems provide breeding grounds and habitats for marine fish and other aquatic animals that support the livelihoods of thousands of subsistence fishers and their families.

Despite evidence that sea cucumber is often harvested from the Pacific at an unsustainable rate, a new study has found that Chinese market demand for this revered delicacy remains strong and under weak regulation. In this edition of the WorldFish podcast, WorldFish scientist Hampus Eriksson explains the importance of sea cucumber for Pacific communities and discusses conservation measures to protect these species for future generations.

The project aims at helping the provincial authorities and community affected by the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam in northeast Cambodia to actively engage in the resettlement planning process for a better future.

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