The province of Malaita, where many people rely on subsistence fishing and farming, faces many challenges including increasingly depleted marine resources, limited access to markets for agricultural goods, and pressures from population growth.
Mangroves are important ecosystems that provide food, firewood, building materials, and shoreline protection for coastal communities. They are also vital nursery grounds for fisheries, which support the livelihoods of 85% of people in the Solomon Islands.
However, these valuable ecosystems are increasingly under threat. In many areas, mangrove trees are unsustainably harvested by for firewood and building materials. This harvesting threatens vital marine resources.