Solomon Islands as Party to various International Environment Conventions & Agreements and a member of global community wishes to uphold our commitment in observing the World Environment Day (5th June), World Oceans Day (8th June) and Coral Triangle Day (9th June) 2021.
These are United Nation’s principle vehicle and a regional initiative for encouraging global awareness and action for the Environment. People and stakeholders from more than 100 countries collectively celebrate these days, putting a face to many of the environmental challenges and advocating for positive actions for the environment.
The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration” and will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This is a timely message for Solomon Islands if we believe in the restoration of our unique environment & biodiversity. Ecosystem restoration can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coasts. This is the generation that can make peace with nature.
World Oceans Day theme is “Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. This theme is our message. Our Ocean, our life and our livelihood. We must conserve and sustainably manage our ocean.
June 9th every year is recognised as the Coral Triangle Day. This year, the theme is “Driving Blue Recovery for A Sustainable Coral Triangle”. The theme calls for promoting and supporting ‘blue recovery’ as vital part of the CT6 member countries ‘recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. With our people relying on coastal and marine ecosystems to provide livelihood and food security, investing and supporting biodiversity conservation and sustainable practices are keys to a thriving future.
The themes identified to celebrate these various events this year could not be more relevant to the findings of the State of the Environment Report produced by the Ministry Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology in 2019, on the country’s national environmental trend. Uncontrolled activities in forestry sector, waste management and invasive species pose great challenge to the country’s prudent management of its resources. On this note, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology wishes to acknowledge all our partners and stakeholders who are committed to ensure a safe, sustainable and resilient environment for Solomon Islands. We wish to thank those of you who have planned to remember this day with various activities like waste clean-up campaigns, tree planting, awareness and promotions through other means. We wish you a very best in celebrating these days.
Likewise, we will continue to encourage Government Agencies & Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society & Faith Based Organisations, Public & Private Sectors, Schools, Community Based Organisation and others to take time & effort to give back to your environment as we mark these days. We maintain our call for all to be environment friendly and respect our biodiversity. Together we can keep our environment safe and harness our ecosystem services for the betterment of our future.
Finally, we (the Ministry) wish you all a happy World Environment Day (5th June), World Oceans Day (8th June) and Coral Triangle Day (9th June) 2021.