Through partnership with communities, SICCP seeks to bridge local conservation, sustainable development, and resource management efforts with broader national and international initiatives to ensure financial sustainability and sound stewardship of the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Solomon Islands.
Pursuit of this mission is guided by the following values and beliefs:
- We value traditional systems of decision-making and the right of Solomon Islanders to determine their future and relationship with the land and sea.
- We value and acknowledge the relationships between biodiversity, culture, and human well being that tie Solomon Islands societies to their customary lands. These relationships have the right to persist and compel careful stewardship by Solomon Islanders and all humanity alike.
- We value and respect each other and the partnerships we build in pursuit of our mission. Honest, transparent, and meaningful partnerships are the best means of confronting the challenges facing the Solomon Islands.
- We value the health and integrity of Solomon Islands society, and humanity more broadly, and its deep connection to the health of customary lands and vibrant marine ecosystems.
The Solomon Islands lie at a crossroads. Separating the rich continental faunas of Australasia and the isolated islands of a sprawling Pacific, no other oceanic archipelago supports a greater proportion of the Earth’s living diversity, or a richer array of human ways of life and languages. To a biologist, this translates into exceptional patterns of endemism, which are increasingly being revealed as an evolutionary fulcrum generating diversity to the east and to the west. To a humanist or conservationist, this is one of the last great opportunities in tropical Pacific conservation and for maintaining indigenous rights to life within wild country. In the Solomons, we can conserve things that have vanished from nearly every other oceanic archipelago on earth. These opportunities diminish by the day. As across much of the Pacific, a rapidly growing population and increasing pressure to liquidate forest resources threaten the living diversity of the Solomon. Hope lies in our collective efforts to capture pieces of these stunning landscapes in partnership with the diverse human communities whose futures have been entangled with them for all of living memory.
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) shares with various community-based organizations the goal of supporting people throughout Melanesia in managing natural resources sustainable as a key contribution to their well being and to conserving globally important biological diversity. We also share the belief that achieving this goal requires fair, long-term engagements that both enable meaningful economic alternatives to resource destruction and also build capacity to ensure effective implementation of community resource use decisions.
The Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP) seeks to implement these goals in the Solomon Islands, through the use of Community Conservation Agreements (CCA). CCAs are transparent agreements that provide communities and other landowners with benefits and capacity-building in exchange for their participation in effective conservation of high priority areas and species.