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KIBCA News - Jul 2014

WELKAM TU KIBCA NEWS FO JULAI 2014! Hear the latest news from KIBCA including an update on the scholarship program, micro-finance, turtle poaching and upcoming events.

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

Kolombangara Island

See latest news, information about visiting Kolombangara Island or view a map.

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.

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Adrian Ghele handing over scholarships to a school

KIBCA Scholarship Program 2014-15

Through the continuing generosity of our donors, KIBCA’s Scholarship Program has grown larger again! A total of 126 scholarships have been awarded for 2014.

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A new phase for KIBCA

KIBCA is entering a new phase. Up until now the emphasis has been on establishing the protected area and establishing KIBCA as a community-based voice for conserving the important biodiversity values of Kolombangara.

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Kolombangara Festival opening image - click on videos below to play

KIBCA on YouTube

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. 

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 Gillian Bui of KFPL with KIBCA Rangers and Guide during chainsaw training

Training for KIBCA staff

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.

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

Climate engineering research on Kolo

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.  

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The many participants at the Protected Areas Workshop at Nusatuva

Acting to protect Kolombangara

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

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KIBCA - Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association

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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Places to stay

Onma Lodge - Nusatuva Ecolodge

The views from Nusatuva Island. The magnificent Kolombangara volcano and forests within easy reach.

Onma Lodge is a purpose-built leaf-hut lodge perched on the waters' edge at Nusatuva, a small peninsular that forms the southern entrance to Ringgi Cove, on the south

Nughusu Eco-Lodge

Nughusu Eco-lodge - single room

A newly launched lodge on the northern side of Kolombangara, just past Poitete, that features two upstairs bedrooms and a large dining and lounge area.

Imbu Rano Lodge

Front entrance of Imbu Rano Lodge

Those who visit Imbu Rano Lodge for the first time are usully overwhelmed by the location, the stunning views and the pleasant, spacious accommodation.

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