Baru Conservation Alliance

Baru Conservation Alliance Baru Conservation Alliance is a locally-led not for-profit organization working to unite our people, so together we can live well in our place.

We do this by purposefully caring for our collective land, history, social connection, and our way of life. It is a registered charitable (not-for profit) locally based organization formed in 2019 by tribal leaders of Kwaio community in partnership with local tribal groups in Malaita, Solomon Islands and international partners. Aims:
To manage and coordinate conservation and tribal development ac

We do this by purposefully caring for our collective land, history, social connection, and our way of life. It is a registered charitable (not-for profit) locally based organization formed in 2019 by tribal leaders of Kwaio community in partnership with local tribal groups in Malaita, Solomon Islands and international partners. Aims:
To manage and coordinate conservation and tribal development ac

Operating as usual

We hope that this will be the beginning of many more stories together in the future#go green 💚
09/09/2021

We hope that this will be the beginning of many more stories together in the future#go green 💚

This week is conservation week in New Zealand, and our High Commissioner Georgina Roberts was thrilled to meet representatives from the Baru Conservation Alliance Tommy Esau, Esau Kekeubata, Dorothy Esau, and Maasafi Alabai yesterday in Auki and learn about their work.

The Alliance are working in four tribal areas in East Kwaio, looking to maintain their forests, support good health, transmit indigenous knowledge, and improve food security. We heard about the history of the area, their work to map and document the land, and engage across their communities to improve well-being.

Through the foundation of their whakapapa, whanau, and mātauranga of their tribal area/rohe, and aiming to sustain links between people and the land/whenua, the Alliance’s approach resonated greatly with us as something that shares many of the cultural customs of Te Ao Māori. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou!

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Baru Conservation Alliance team was delighted to meet with the New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts in Auki, M...
08/09/2021

Baru Conservation Alliance team was delighted to meet with the New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts in Auki, Malaita today in her visit to Malaita province this week.

Thank you for the formal invitation, and your interest in learning and listening to our locally-led initiative work in supporting our grassroots people in the Kwaio mountains and our partnership work with the Mai-Maasina Green Belt in Malaita.
We look forward to more of this similar meetings and collaborations in the near future.

Baru Conservation Alliance team was delighted to meet with the New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts in Auki, Malaita today in her visit to Malaita province this week.

Thank you for the formal invitation, and your interest in learning and listening to our locally-led initiative work in supporting our grassroots people in the Kwaio mountains and our partnership work with the Mai-Maasina Green Belt in Malaita.
We look forward to more of this similar meetings and collaborations in the near future.

Thank you for including our work and contribution in a section of this article. "As the Baru Conservation Alliance — a l...
25/08/2021
Pacific Island bats are utterly fascinating, yet under threat and overlooked. Meet 4 species

Thank you for including our work and contribution in a section of this article.
"As the Baru Conservation Alliance — a locally-led, not-for-profit group from Malaita, Solomon Islands — put it in their talk at the forum:
Conservation is not a new thing for Kwaio."

Pacific Island bats are utterly fascinating, yet under threat and overlooked. Meet 4 species.
https://theconversation.com/pacific-island-bats-are-utterly-fascinating-yet-under-threat-and-overlooked-meet-4-species-165765?utm_medium=ampemail&utm_source=email

There are 191 different species of bat across the Pacific Island. They are vital parts of the region’s biodiversity, and many species have cultural significance.

A call to strengthen traditional knowledge and value local people was echoed through the 3 days workshop on "Traditional...
21/08/2021

A call to strengthen traditional knowledge and value local people was echoed through the 3 days workshop on "Traditional Knowledge on Climate and food security in Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Island. BARU (BCA) on August 18-20 held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) since its establishment in 2019 and the first workshop for our new project on the "traditional knowledge of climate and food security in Kwaio, Malaita Solomon Islands. Representatives from the four tribal conservation areas (BCA members), BCA executive and our international partners and colleagues joined in via zoom gathered at BARU based in Auki for a week to talk about the project, discussed about the plans and activities and how it be integrated with our previous work, involvement with our cultural schools, looking at weather patterns, traditional food, empowering women leadership and many more. We thank our tribal leaders, partners, our dear friends of BARU for their commitments and partnerships in investing in this very important program that will benefit our people and lay solid foundation for the future generation.

"It is time to learn from us, and to partner with us, so that together we can help save the planet for everyone." Gratef...
18/08/2021
Indigenous knowledge is essential to solving the climate crisis

"It is time to learn from us, and to partner with us, so that together we can help save the planet for everyone." Grateful that our work to strengthen the local/traditional knowledge is essential to solving the climate crisis. I couldn't agree more about this article❤👍

In Chad, our way of life gives space to nature to regenerate - when we leave a piece of land, it’s more fertile than before, thanks to our ancestral agroecological practices

Lives of bats and other species also matters. BARU team was also privilege today to present at the "1st Pacific Islands ...
12/08/2021

Lives of bats and other species also matters. BARU team was also privilege today to present at the "1st Pacific Islands Bat Forum: 10 August - 14 August 2021 about how our work is an alternative model for conservation and partnership in Kwaio, Solomon Islands. Another wonderful opportunity for learning and networking. Great to have some positive feedbacks. Happy to be advocating for our traditional work and contributions to be added in the IUCN key Biodiversity area (KBA). Now it's time we see the balance between traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge and how do we work together to save our environment

Lives of bats and other species also matters. BARU team was also privilege today to present at the "1st Pacific Islands Bat Forum: 10 August - 14 August 2021 about how our work is an alternative model for conservation and partnership in Kwaio, Solomon Islands. Another wonderful opportunity for learning and networking. Great to have some positive feedbacks. Happy to be advocating for our traditional work and contributions to be added in the IUCN key Biodiversity area (KBA). Now it's time we see the balance between traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge and how do we work together to save our environment

Congratulations Baru Conservation Alliance on another success in being granted the 2021 Rick Speare Memorial Fund grant....
09/08/2021
News | Atoifi Health Research Group

Congratulations Baru Conservation Alliance on another success in being granted the 2021 Rick Speare Memorial Fund grant. The Baru team, led by Dorothy Esau, plan to collect village level data in the Kwaio mountains to improve the health of women and children in East Kwaio.
here is the link to the story: https://www.atoifiresearch.org.sb/news Please direct any inquiries to Dorothy Esau, Baru Conservation Alliance: [email protected]

The Baru Conservation Alliance have been awarded the the 2021 Rick Speare Memorial Fund grant to collect village level data that will improve the health of women and children in East Kwaio.

Baru Conservation Alliance team share about our holistic approach to development - an alternative model for sustainable ...
02/07/2021

Baru Conservation Alliance team share about our holistic approach to development - an alternative model for sustainable development: conservation and peace building, tribal initiative& leadership, respect for culture and nature, partnership, and empowering women leadership at the RDI Conference today -Pathways through disruption: RDI Conference 2021
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2021.https://rdiconference2021.org.au/# Great opportunity for learning and sharing

Baru Conservation Alliance team share about our holistic approach to development - an alternative model for sustainable development: conservation and peace building, tribal initiative& leadership, respect for culture and nature, partnership, and empowering women leadership at the RDI Conference today -Pathways through disruption: RDI Conference 2021
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2021.https://rdiconference2021.org.au/# Great opportunity for learning and sharing

Baru executive is currently at Kwainnaaisi cultural center this week  for three days evaluation meeting and discussions ...
10/06/2021

Baru executive is currently at Kwainnaaisi cultural center this week for three days evaluation meeting and discussions about the community engagement program with our conservation leaders, tribal health committees, members of the 4 conservation, including women and children. The Purpose of the meeting is to: evaluate the tribal health committees for covid -19 awareness and preparedness program and training; conservation leadership training and review &updates on various activities; and provide reports and update on our new projects for this year and beyond.Despite of the wind and rainy weather, work must go yet...

This week the leader of Baru Conservation Alliance - Tommy Esau and leader of Takataka Conservation in east Areare Mr An...
20/05/2021

This week the leader of Baru Conservation Alliance - Tommy Esau and leader of Takataka Conservation in east Areare Mr Andrew Andy Taraha met with the Director of the National Archive in Honiara to talk about the "Community Archiving", a new MODEL for Solomon Islands. In our discussions, we talked about: establishing networks - in rural, national and at the international level, continue dialogue and discuss our work on Community Archive we have been doing; how this can be recognized and supported. The two conservation leaders are passionate about this idea, as this will be a depository for many of the data we collect, our documentation work, information about our conservation work, history, music arts and culture etc. This we believe will be a foundation and benefit for many of our work, education, research and future generation.
Photo: (L-R) Luisa La`ekeni, Tommy Esau, Julian Chouigolo (Director) and Andrew Taraha

This week the leader of Baru Conservation Alliance - Tommy Esau and leader of Takataka Conservation in east Areare Mr Andrew Andy Taraha met with the Director of the National Archive in Honiara to talk about the "Community Archiving", a new MODEL for Solomon Islands. In our discussions, we talked about: establishing networks - in rural, national and at the international level, continue dialogue and discuss our work on Community Archive we have been doing; how this can be recognized and supported. The two conservation leaders are passionate about this idea, as this will be a depository for many of the data we collect, our documentation work, information about our conservation work, history, music arts and culture etc. This we believe will be a foundation and benefit for many of our work, education, research and future generation.
Photo: (L-R) Luisa La`ekeni, Tommy Esau, Julian Chouigolo (Director) and Andrew Taraha

16/05/2021
COVID-19 Oversight Committee

Some important updates on Covid-19 from SIBC talk back show. BCA is continuing to supporting dissemination of information to the local communities, tribal groups and working with health authorities in preparedness and readiness for COVID-19. Other key activities we did was to set up health committees for the communities and tribal groups. These health committees will work closely with health authorities and other stakeholders in preparedness, planning and responding to health challenges and future epidemics

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How do we ensure our local and remote people get access to basic health service and their voices are heard? BARU is step...
05/05/2021

How do we ensure our local and remote people get access to basic health service and their voices are heard? BARU is stepping up with our TB Rangers to address the challenge with the concept of ONE HEALTH- #healthy environment#healthy people. In April 27-29,2021 BCA had a successful 3 days evaluation and planning workshop for our TB Ranger program. 21 participants- including our local rangers, tribal leaders and our key partners from local, provincial, national our international partners connect via zoom. Inspired to hear the successful stories of the rangers, their challenges and next steps. Networks were established and news ways of teaming together to fight the giant TB in the remote mountains in Malaita#continued partnership is crucial to "finding the missing millions".#finding culturally appropriate systems to fit local people on the ground is a way forward

18/04/2021

#More than just an island #Important message to keep our Ocean

BCA is happy to join other youths and conservationists around the globe to share our stories and build networks. The two...
13/04/2021

BCA is happy to join other youths and conservationists around the globe to share our stories and build networks. The two days April 6-7-2021 events is one part of a two week event called the IUCN Global Youth Summit. Glad to part of this event to learnt interact and build networks with other young passionate conservationist across the globe. This morning, at 5am local time, i joined other 15 panel presenters to shared about the work of BCA and have inspired many participants.# IUCN GYS WORKSHOP: I am a Connector-Spanning Generations and Landscapes with Storytelling.#the power of storytelling.

BCA is happy to join other youths and conservationists around the globe to share our stories and build networks. The two days April 6-7-2021 events is one part of a two week event called the IUCN Global Youth Summit. Glad to part of this event to learnt interact and build networks with other young passionate conservationist across the globe. This morning, at 5am local time, i joined other 15 panel presenters to shared about the work of BCA and have inspired many participants.# IUCN GYS WORKSHOP: I am a Connector-Spanning Generations and Landscapes with Storytelling.#the power of storytelling.

The journey to where we are is not an easy one. We have been through a lot of struggles, humiliation, jealousy and so on...
10/04/2021
The Baru Conservation Alliance: Kwaio-led ecological conservation, education and cultural rejuvenation in the Solomon Islands

The journey to where we are is not an easy one. We have been through a lot of struggles, humiliation, jealousy and so on. Despite of these, BCA is striving to working closely with our people about the value of ecological conservation, education and cultural rejuvenation in the Solomon Islands. The small steps we're taking we believe is a journey of a million miles. Our acknowledgments are indebted to our chiefs, tribal leaders and members, key partners, supporters & our families who are behind our backs. The development of the Baru Conservation Alliance will ensure that in years to come the remarkable ecosystems of Malaita and the unique culture of the Kwaio people are preserved, and that conservation efforts continue to flourish.

To our followers- Here are some links to our previous work in 2019.
https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Faustralian.museum%2Fblog%2Famri-news%2F-baru-conservation-alliance-kwaio-led-conservation%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1NH46SesD9uCXy3bZ4eiUozvMkfGT2oOkow7JOSGMhO7XaLUDHj65d9jE&h=AT0zOF9aKLT125wOpczFMGH_fexvpdINLnHLGtV_5u3KXR3yRCWEdAG_u_BN40gQgVLOghpcBqenF9ZYRs8h-2ckCfNId5KCKGzL7SAKXD0-wqcudAsTqlmHa80W7H--djOdlA

Over the past few years local leaders Chief Esau Kekeubata and Tommy Esau have worked with the AM to pioneer community-lead conservation in the heart of mountainous Malaita.

April 7 is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is “building a fairer, healthier world”. In honour of the day, Doroth...
07/04/2021
Creating healthier futures for girls in Solomon Islands

April 7 is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is “building a fairer, healthier world”. In honour of the day, Dorothy a member of Baru Conservation Alliance and Michelle tell us about their work in the Solomon Islands that is helping to create a healthier future for the girls of Kwaio, and contributing to a healthier world overall.

So proud of you Dorothy and congratulations to our amazing team of ladies, our key partners JCU and others who are supporting this very important program.
#follow the link below for more details about the story
https://www.jcu.edu.au/this-is-uni/health-and-medicine/articles/creating-healthier-futures-for-girls-in-solomon-islands?fbclid=IwAR0UtEwlRrGj0WLmKp5YUEre5XD8CvsFlBcbad7N4JgQfjrANG0J3SpURq4

, Dorothy Esau of the Baru Conservation Alliance has teamed up with JCU’s Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren to improve the health, confidence and future of girls.

#Thank you to the Australian High Commission Solomon islands for recognizing our work and supporting our locally-led ini...
02/03/2021

#Thank you to the Australian High Commission Solomon islands for recognizing our work and supporting our locally-led initiatives. We're looking forward to establishing this great partnerships well into the future 🙏❤

Australian High Commission staff were delighted to meet with the Baru Conservation Alliance (BCA) yesterday to receive an update on the important community development work they are progressing in East Malaita. We are proud to support BCA to progress conservation, health, education, and food security initiatives in partnership with local tribe leaders, James Cook University and the Australian Museum.
#communityleddevelopment #Baruconservationalliance #Jamescookuniversity #EastMalaita #AustralianMuseum

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