Kolombangara Island

Kolombangara Island viewed with Google Earth - click on the link on the page for an interactive map

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Kolombangara Island is a near circular extinct volcano about 30km across that rises 1,800m from the sea, forming the highest mountains in Western Province of Solomon Islands.

KIBCA on YouTube

Kolombangara Festival opening image - click on videos below to play

See recent videos posted on YouTube about KIBCA's celebration of Kolombangara's conservation area and an interview with KIBCA coordinator, Ferguson Vaghi.

1. Video about the Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Biodiversity and Cultural Festival, Jun 2011. 

KIBCA wins leadership award

KIBCA Coordinator Ferguson Vaghi is packing his bags for  Calgary, Canada

KIBCA has been announced as a winner of the  Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) Award. As  part of the award KIBCA Coordinator Ferguson Vaghi  will be attending the 2013 CLP Conservation  Management & Leadership Training Workshop in  Calgary, Canada.  

Training for KIBCA staff

 Gillian Bui of KFPL with KIBCA Rangers and Guide during chainsaw training
Rangers Denis Poli Jack, Wayne Tefenoli and Donald Saepio take a break from business at Tetepare Island

Over the past few month KIBCA staff have received training in chainsaw use, how to use a GPS, First Aid and had an opportunity to visit Tetepare to see how the Tetepare Descendants Association (TDA) run the conservation and ecotourism programs on the island.

Climate engineering research on Kolo

Wylie Carr of Montana USA fly fishing the upper Villa River near the Kolombangara crater

In April Wylie Carr from the Department of Society and Conservation at the University of Montana USA visited Kolombangara. Wylie’s visit was part of a trip to the Solomon Islands to discuss climate change and climate engineering with government, NGOs working in the environment, and local people.  

Acting to protect Kolombangara

The many participants at the Protected Areas Workshop at Nusatuva
 Participants at the workshop sharing their views with the audience

In February over 90 representatives from villages across Kolombangara came together to discuss their vision for a legally protected area on Kolombangara Island.

KIBCA rolls out 2013 scholarships

Adrian Ghele of KIBCA hands a scholarship cheque to the principal of Ringgi High School with some of the 31 recipients from the school

KIBCA has commenced the role out of the 2013 scholarship program. This year KIBCA has awarded 120 scholarships to children from Kolombangara attending secondary schools and tertiary colleges.

Through the generosity of many donors KIBCA has been able to allocate $100,000 SBD for scholarships in 2013. This is an increase of $10,000 from last year.

KIBCA - Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association

KIBCA logo

KIBCA, or Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association, was formed by the Indigenous landholders of Kolombangara Island to represents their interests in conservation.

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