A Summer’s Work in the Solomon Islands: Journey to the Cloud Forests of Kolombangara
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 with colleagues Dr. Christopher Filardi, Pacific Programs Director, and Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Director, to three of these islands.

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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