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First ever nature pageant in Solomon Islands motivates young ambassadors for the environment

In contesting for Miss Nature at a first ever nature pageant in Honiara, Solomon Islands this month, seven high school students advocated for a pollution-free and sustainable Pacific environment.

"We need an environment that allows for good and healthy living, an environment free from pollution and harm" said Miss St Nicholas, a form four student from St Nicholas school who won the Miss Nature Pageant 2017.

Dressed in attire designed with materials from nature and speech aligned with environmental themes, the contestants astounded the judges and audience with exceptional performance.

Miss St Nicholas was dressed in nature-designed costumes and was led onto the stage and introduced to the judges by a group of dancers.

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"The design of my attire is based on the beauty of nature, the beauty of this country and its people" said Miss St Nicholas.

Although it was a first ever event for Solomon Islands, Deputy Director Environment, Ms Rosemary Apa said the contestants put on a striking show and highlighted key environmental messages for Solomon Islands.

"A key objective of the event was to provide a space for students, youths and general public to interact, share experiences and stories on ocean and natural resource management and we are quite pleased with the outcome of the event" Ms Apa said.

The pageant was staged on the 6th of October with contestants from high schools around the capital namely Woodford International School, Chung Wah School, Mbokonavera Community High School, Honiara Senior High School, Selywn College, St.Nicholas College & Bishop Epalle Catholic School.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology and the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PEBACC) at the National Museum. .

The nature pageant was part of the National Resource Management Symposium organised this month (2-6 October) in Honiara for environmental stakeholders to share scientific information and lessons learnt to strengthen natural resource management efforts in the country.

The week-long National Resource Management Symposium was initiated by the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology in conjunction with other core partners such as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Management [MFMR], Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund [CEPF], Ecological Solutions Solomon Islands [ESSI], Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership [SICCP], World Fish [WF], PEBACC and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme [SPREP].

For further information, contact Fred Patison, Country Manager, PEBACC Solomon Islands -fredp@sprep.org.

The PEBACC Project is a five year project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the governments of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The Project focusses on strengthening and protecting the role of natural ecosystem services to enhance resilience to climate change.
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