Landowner Surveys Inform Protected Area Management: A Case Study from Tetepare Island, Solomon Islands
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Tetepare Island in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific. At 120 km2 and retaining over 96% of its old growth rainforest and several endemic or rare species, Tetepare is recognised as an iconic site for the conservation of terrestrial and marine biodiversity (Diamond 1976; Lees 1990; Read and Moseby 2005). The owners of Tetepare Island are the descendants of the original inhabitants who fled the island more than 150 years ago due to sickness and fighting. Most Tetepare landowners live in traditional villages on neighbouring islands and have come together to form the Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA), the largest landowner association in the Solomon Islands.
With over 3000 members who have agreed to manage the island collectively, TDA has pledged to conserve the resources of Tetepare Island and has developed a management plan that prohibits commercial resource extraction from the island and its waters. Joint...
KeywordsReef Fish Solomon Island Marine Protect Area Resource Extraction Terrestrial Resource
Most of the data used in this paper were collected by TDA pioneer Mary Bea, followed by TDA rangers Mamu Bero, James Ebokolo, William Kodo Suka, Adam Kevu, Jonathon Hobete, Moses Bulekola, Timo Are, Kennedy Soapi, Hanakolo Suka, Meloty Sasa and Roy Famo under the supervision of the authors and Dave Argument, Matthew Suka, Mike D’Antonio and Anthony Plummer. The role of the TDA Executive Committee in mandating TDA staff to manage resource extraction and enforce Tetepare’s protected area regulations is also acknowledged. During the monitoring period TDA’s resource monitoring and management program received financial or logistical support from the European Union, NZAid, VASS, WWF and SICCP.
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