From Practice to Action for Conservation in Kwaio

Friday, October 31, 2014

Following a successful three weeks at the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns Australia, East Kwaio chief and Atoifi Health Research Group member, Esau Foofafimae Kekeubata has returned to Solomon Islands to put into practice what he has learnt. With supplies such as secateurs, ropes, snap lock bags and glue, Esau and his fellow chiefs will collect specimens from 16 plants that are traditionally used for food and medicine in East Kwaio. These specimens will be preserved, photographed and identified in partnership with colleagues from the Australian Tropical Herbarium, who will be hosted by the chiefs in the East Kwaio mountains during 2015.

This conservation management project is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and supported by Atoifi Hospital, James Cook University and the Australian Tropical Herbarium.

To see a recent story on the Australian Tropical Herbarium Facebook page, please visit:

For more information about the project, please contact Esau Foofafimae Kekeubata at Atoifi Hospital, Malaita, Solomon Islands or email Esau at:

Lead Investigator of this study is Dr David MacLaren: