21 Apr 2009

Calls for a lobby group in Solomon Islands to advocate climate issues

10:32 am on 21 April 2009

The Solomon Islands minister of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology wants the Landowners Advocacy and Legal Support Unit to advocate renewable energy, conservation and climate change to the people.

The Solomon Star reports, Gordon Darcy Lilo, as saying as gasoline prices rise, and the nation puts emphasis on alternative sources of energy production - the unit would be a useful vehicle for landowner's advocacy on renewable energy.

He says he expects the unit to raise landowner's awareness on the need for alternative sources of energy, like solar power, hydro power, and wind power.

Mr Lilo also says his ministry is finalising the Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

He says the programme will have strategies on Marine Protected Areas, Terrestrial Protected Areas and national parks.