Scientist dedicates award to fallen environmentalist

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Island Sun Newspaper, Pacific Islands

SOLOMON Islands scientist Mr David Boseto, who was recognised by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Hawaii last night for conservation work, has dedicated his award to his late cousin brother Mr Tia Masolo.

Late Masolo, who was the Deputy Director of Environment in the Ministry Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, passed away on Sunday.

“This award is for you all and my late cousin brother Tia Masolo, who has supported this project from day one till his passing away on Sunday morning this week.

“This award is just the beginning of our combined efforts. Let’s continue to work together on our common goals for the good of our future generations and our country Solomon Islands as a whole.

“We can make our world a better place to live if we can respect each other and work together. For more about our work, our team, our publications, you can check our website www.ecologicalsolutions-si.com.”

In a presentation yesterday afternoon by Mr Boseto and his colleagues on conservation work in Solomon Islands at the Hawaii Convention Centre, he invited everyone to stand and take a one minute silence for late Masolo, who with his son Nigel Masolo supported and were part of the conservation work in Choiseul and throughout Solomon Islands.

“I think first and foremost, I must acknowledge God for leading me in my life. For He is the source of everything in life therefore, glory and honour to his name,” Boseto added.

Meanwhile, Mr Boseto’s colleague, Dr Patrick Pikacha, who is a researcher at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, said the award was a great recognition for Mr Boseto and the effort his team and partners have put in to undertake scientific and resource management efforts on Choiseul.

“Forest conservation is very challenging given the extensive use and exploitation of this resource

“The Solomon Islands, and all conservation and resource management organisations in the country should be happy that at least the country has been highlighted globally for its conservation effort amongst 15 other candidates globally.”

Dr Pikacha said Solomon Islands is mainly known for its resource exploitation, but there are individuals and organisations that are working tirelessly and under extremely stressful situations as well to stem the tide of deforestation.

“A good outcome that CEPF also can be thanked for is to extend these conservation efforts to other sites across the Solomon Islands, including some specific conservation outcomes on Malaita, Guadalcanal, and Temotu, rather than the traditional Western sites," Dr Pikacha added. “This network of conservation sites should be supported by the Solomon Islands Government.”