ESSI is an environment organization made up of a team of leading experts on the Solomon Islands environment. As a leading provider of environmental services, we take our responsibility of offering the best environmental solution that meets national and international standards and ensures ecological sustainability seriously. ESSI works on two fronts; providing ecological and scientific services, and our social commitment (non profit) to ensuring sustainability of the environment at the community level. Our vision for ESSI, is to engage with natural resource utilization, by providing taxonomic, sustainability, project management, and field support. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers and have a social responsibility to safeguarding ecosystem services in a responsible manner. The ESSI model encompasses the idea of realizing future environmental sustainability by investing not only in understanding important ecological systems, but in delivering tangible livelihood opportunities that may generate income for resource dependent communities. Hence in this way leveraging communities from being entirely resource dependent to being resource managers, and hereafter achieving conservation outcomes.
We aspire to create a balance between resource development, and management and conservation of natural resources. In this holistic paradigm we perceive the establishment of protected areas and managed areas as imperative. And that resource extraction is managed within clear, transparent and stringent management plans.
Improved taxonomic and ecological knowledge of species and ecosystems within our oceanic islands is critical. We desire to implement steps that ensures the persistence of species populations, the restoration of species in the event that extirpations occur, or the restoration of landscape integrity in areas/islands that have been heavily exploited.
To increase local understanding and appreciation of natural history through media (print, internet, audio and visual) and awareness materials and talks.
Finally as locals, we are well aware that the word 'conservation' is a foreign concept to our traditional context. Management, controlled harvesting or the implementation of community conservation agreements between NGOs or industry and local communities to offset resource use is integral to building community interest and social investment. We are interested in exploring alternative approaches to the conservation of species or ecosystems. This could be through collaborating with local social institutions like churches, or tribal communities or other social mechanisms, etc to implement methods for the conservation of species and protection of forest and sea scapes.
We're about finding Environmental Solutions that make sense