Blog - Ride and Stride for Solomon Island Rangers
Hi, I'm Annie Knappstein.
From 5th September 2015, I am on a 1500km 'RIDE & STRIDE' pilgrimage across France and Spain to raise funds to equip and provide training opportunities to Solomon Islands Rangers. 700kms by bike, 800kms by foot.
An Australian volunteer for 19 months in the Solomon Islands, I experienced the hardships of Rangers in protecting and managing their customary lands. These 900+ Melanesian islands represent some of the greatest biodiversity of marine and terrestrial life left on earth, and who notices? Pressures of logging, mining, expansion of subsistence and plantation agriculture, population increase, impacts of climate change and variability, isolation, five years (1998-2003) of civil conflict, and challenging politics on this third world nation are impacting its ecological integrity and resources .
As local stewards of this rich natural and cultural heritage , it is critical the Rangers have training, equipment & visibility to combat their challenges. Only now, in 2015, are a dedicated handful of local Rangers creating Solomon Islands Ranger Association (SIRA), with support fromcivil society groups, powerful to create change.
I offer bonafide's of International Rangers Federation's charity arm The Thin Green Line, Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership and Bank South Pacific. All demonstrate endorsement of my 'Ride & Stride' project, appropriate management of funds raised and their support of Solomon Islands Rangers.
100 cents in every dollar goes to SI Ranger training & equipment as approved by SICCP, SI Rangers Association & me.
All costs associated with RIDE & STRIDE are my personal financial contribution.
Please use Code #150003 next to your name on the Donation page.
With gratitude ~ Annie