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Improving Solomon Islanders livelihoods and climate change resilience through mangrove ecosystem management

KEY FACTS
Project
Mangrove Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihood in Solomon Islands (MESCAL-SI)
Project leader
Joelle Albert
 
Start
1 Apr 2012
End
31 May 2013
Mangrove ecosystems are critical to the economic needs and livelihoods of many coastal communities in Pacific region.  Mangroves provide an important source of food including fish, shells and fruit as well a source of timber for firewood and building materials.  In addition, mangrove ecosystems play an important role in protecting coastal villages from wind and waves.  Under the threat of climate change, maintaining healthy mangrove ecosystems will help coastal communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change.  Throughout the Pacific however there are increasing threats to mangroves including clearing for urban expansion and felling trees for firewood.
 
Mangrove Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) is a pacific-wide project funded by the German Federal Ministry for The Environment, Nature and Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and managed by IUCN Oceania.  MESCAL is being undertaken in the Pacific Island countries of Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, and aims to increase Pacific Islanders resilience to climate change and improve livelihoods through mangroves management and restoration. In Solomon Islands, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is the focal point for (MESCAL-SI), which is a national project that aims to strengthen and develop effective policies and legislation for the management of mangroves throughout the country. 
 
Through MESCAL-SI, WorldFish in partnership with MECDM is working with Eliote Community in Maramasiki Passage, South Malaita as a demonstration site for the development of a mangrove management plan.   
 
The development of the management plan will be a phased approach, beginning with a participatory diagnosis of the community and mangrove resources to identify local threats and issues pertaining to mangrove management.  The development of the mangrove management plan will build on this knowledge and existing traditional management regimes with the long-term goal to safeguard the health of the mangrove ecosystems in the Maramasike passage for future generations.  Lessons learned from this demonstration site will inform the development of mangrove management across Solomon Islands.
 
 
Photo credits:
Looking for shells in the mangrove forest of Maramasiki Passage
Photographer: Joelle Albert, WorldFish Solomon Islands