SICCP Community Based Organizations.
In 1995 customary landowners formed a group with the help of Friends of Tetepare to prevent commercial companies coming in and logging the island. It was not until 2002, the Friends of Tetepare and TOLOA (Tetepare Traditional Landowners Association) formed the Tetepare Descendants' Association (TDA).
The aim of TDA was to conserve Tetepare for the benefit of all descendants and the future generations. To date more than 3000 descendants have since joined the TDA, making it one of the largest land-owning organisations in the Solomon Islands and spread across the entire Western Province. The TDA is a registered Solomon Islands charitable organisation, with an office located in the town of Munda, New Georgia Island, and a field station and eco-lodge on Tetepare Island.
The TDA has established a 13-kilometre-long (8-mile) Marine Protected Area (MPA) on Tetepare, which is a no-take zone. This is one of the largest contiguous Marine Protected Areas in the Solomon Islands. TDA rangers and monitors work on the island to patrol and protect the MPA and the forest, and to monitor the health of the marine ecosystem. TDA is well known for its involvement with monitoring leatherback turtle relocation of turtle nests during the nesting seasons.
The TDA receives various international supports for its core-operations, sustainable livelihood programs and monitoring activities.
Kolombangara Islands is an extinct volcanic island in the western Solomon islands and holds rich natural biodiversity. KIBCA was formed in 2008 by the indigenous landholders of Kolombangara Island to represent their interest in conservation. KIBCA'S overall objective is to protect Kolombangara Islands' rich marine and forest biodiversity and to educate, promote and encourage sustainable management of natural resources through viable economic and social ventures for our communities. KIBCA manages the area of Kolombangara above 400m above sea level as a 19,400 ha conservation reserve.
The Marovo Programme is a network of communities in the Marovo region focused on sustainable management of resources, enhancing community livelihood and ultimately conserving the rich biodiversity in the region. The Marovo Programme was initially supported by work through the University of Queensland prior to the setup of the current SICCP.
The Marovo Programme currently involves five (4) partner communities; Biche, Zaira, Akara-Takuti and Chubikopi. Our staff working in the Marovo Programme support communities in developing plans for manageable and sustainable use of biodiversity within the network. SICCP seeks to help build the capacity on governance structure and finance of these four communities within the network. The Marovo Programme is linked to research institutes regionally and internationally and provides a platform for SICCP to bridge communities in the network to the broader international partners.
The Marovo Programme is currently primarily supported through the MacArthur Foundation.
TCCDA was initially formed in 2014 to protect the customary land from the threats of logging and to prevent damaging fishing practices on south-west Makira Island.
Initial challenges saw TCCDA facing logging exploitation in their land, resulting in soil degradation and polluted waterways. Confrontation with loggers and negotiating with logging contractors were challenges faced by TCCDA.
TCCDA have trained rangers involved in community sustainable resource management programmes.
In 2015 KA collaborated with SICCP and BirdLife International to search for the "Makira Moorhen"(Kia) an endemic bird to Makira Province, Solomon Islands. KA is currently working on capacity building and is looking forward to working on other projects collaborating with partners and research organization.