What is your background and what brought you to marine conservation?
I have a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Economics, Management and Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific, Suva, in Fiji.
My main reason for following a business course is that I was interested to work in any related business sector. However, after my graduation from the University of the South Pacific I returned to the Solomon Islands. But because of ethnic tension--a conflict between Guadalcanal and Malaita, the two major Islands in the Solomon Islands--I decided not to live in Honiara but came back to Gizo instead, the headquarter of Western Province. There I looked for a job with NGOs, the Provincial Government and the private sector.
When I joined WWF as Sustainable Livelihood Officer, I learned about the main aims and objectives of the organization. I explored the marine conservation work that has been done here in the Western Province and was motivated to join because I learned that the majority of the population in the Solomon Islands depends on marine resources for survival. Thus, doing conservation work with the communities is saving lives in terms of food security for present and future generations, as most marine resources are diminishing. The only way to maintain and sustain endangered marine resources and species is to do conservation work with the people, and people must accept the programme both in principle and in terms of its practical implications.
In addition, WWF is an equal opportunity organization where there is strong teamwork. I really enjoy my work and learning a lot from the in-house training as well as attending other training outside the organization.
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