A Summer’s Work in the Solomon Islands: Turtles in Tetepare
In the Solomon Islands, an archipelago of some 1,000 islands east of Papua New Guinea, the American Museum of Natural History is partnering with indigenous communities to improve biodiversity conservation within ancient customary lands. Michael Esbach, Pacific Programs Manager in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, travelled to several of these islands with Pacific Programs Director Christopher Filardi and CBC Director Eleanor Sterling.

He reports here on their ongoing efforts on Guadalcanal, home to the bustling city of Honiara; Kolombangara, a stratovolcano hosting the largest biodiversity reserve in the country, and Tetepare, the largest uninhabited tropical island in the South Pacific. Combining community governance with scientific research, education, and livelihood programs, this project presents an incredible opportunity to maintain indigenous life-ways within some of the largest remaining wild landscapes in the Pacific.
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