Conservation & Restoration Ecology
Melanesian Geo: A grassroots publication dedicated to regional biological and cultural diversity
Patrick Pikacha, David Boseto, Tamara Osborne Naikatini, Brian Weeks, Chris Filardi*
*Corresponding author: Chris Filardi
American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, New York, NY, USA
F1000Posters 2010, 1: 304 (poster) [ENGLISH]
Poster [2.46 MB]
24th International Congress for Conservation Biology 2010 meeting, 3 - 7 Jul 2010, P1.21
Melanesia, a globally significant region with incredibly rich biological and cultural diversity, is both one of the most threatened and yet intact tropical regions on Earth. Until recently, there has not been a platform devoted to discussions of regional biological and cultural diversity (e.g., Australian Geographic, Canadian Geographic, etc.) where Melanesians could share their experiences and research with others facing similar situations across the region.
now fills this gap; it is a grassroots publication that focuses on the people and environment of Melanesia. Based in the Solomon Islands, by combining a mixture of journalism, creative writing, and local storytelling, Melanesian Geo raises the awareness of environmental and social issues affecting the people and ecosystems of Melanesia. With a focus on local researchers and writers, it provides a unique forum for regional dialogue that is fostered by, and accessible to, Melanesian decision-makers. Online availability provides access to an international audience, and with 7 issues published to-date, Melanesian Geo exemplifies a successful grassroots initiative.
By bringing together a variety of voices related to biological and cultural issues, the journal has both empowered local actors and raised regional awareness of issues with clear global significance. Melanesian Geo strives to inform Melanesians about the rich biological and cultural diversity of the Melanesian region, its global significance, and the challenges facing its conservation; hopefully it can begin to address the silence on these issues that the local populace has faced to this point.
No relevant conflicts of interest declared.
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