A partnership to enhance cooperation on sustainable fisheries management was sealed between the Solomon Islands Government and World Vision (SI) this week.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Dr. Christain Ramofafia and World Vision (SI) National Director Mr Jimmy Nadapdap signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the partnership on Wednesday.
The MoU defines the roles of each party to work together on initiatives such as community-based resources management and livelihoods projects in the fisheries sector.
It will assist each party in terms of technical expertise, information sharing, human and financial resources and other relevant items to support implementation of relevant projects and initiatives.
The process will involve working closely with Provincial and Community based groups.
Dr. Ramofafia acknowledged World Vision (SI) for the partnership initiative, which will support and sustain the livelihood of locals.
“I believe this relationship is established on the basis of mutual interest in supporting, strengthening and sustaining the livelihoods of our people,” he said.
Dr. Ramofafia added that the Government under its redirection policy places more emphasis on such partnerships in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Solomon Islands geographic spread creates challenges to reach out to communities and Dr. Ramofafia believed that this partnership would help to achieve results.
Meanwhile, Mr Nadapdap believed the partnership would achieve sustainable management of fisheries and marine resources for successful integration of livelihood diversification in targeted communities.
World Vision (SI) currently rolls out two fisheries projects in South Malaita and Marau on Guadalcanal, which supports training on fisheries business ideas and marketing.