Barnabas Koroa, Solomon Islands
Research Topic: Integrating nature-based solutions into disaster management planning and barriers to its implementation in the Solomon Islands
My name is Barnabas Koroa from the beautiful Islands of the Solomons (Solomon Islands) also known as the happy Isles. I have a Bachelor degree in Marine Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change and currently pursuing a Master’s degree by research in Climate Change at the University of the South Pacific.
Growing up in a small remote Island (Tikopia) community in the eastern part of Solomon Islands, I had the first-hand opportunity to observe and experienced the direct impacts of Climate Change and natural disasters on the local community, ecosystems and the environment at large. Such impacts are quite severe and realistically exerting more pressure and risks on our society, thus, require our attention. It is very upsetting as one could imagine how much our society may have already suffered and yet expecting the worst to come.
I love nature, the blue ocean, Green forests and other beautiful terrestrial settings where life is undisturbed. However, seeing these important elements of our environment being exposed to and threatened by the impacts of Climate Change day by day makes me ask myself these important questions. As part of the environment, what must I do to help alleviate these environmental risks and challenges brought forth by Climate Change? Or. How will I give back and care for the environment after all these years of enjoying the free ecosystem services it offers? Having the passion to care for the environment and our societal welfare is what motivates me to do more as an environmentalist and a Climate Change researcher. We must never forget that, one way or the other; all aspects of life are connected to the environment, therefore, each one of us has a role to play when it comes to addressing climate change impacts and other environment related issues. If we can’t beat nature, let us then work together with nature by using the likes of Nature-based Solution approaches to address our societal challenges.
Lastly, but not the least. I would like to thank the sponsor of my research which is the Intra-ACP GCCA+ PACRES as well as the USP PACRESS PaCE-SD team for your support towards my research during this pandemic. Highly appreciated (Tagio tumas).