SINU Signs MOU with World Wide Fund

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Left to Right: SINU Lecturer, Jim Damusaru, Director School of Fisheries, Solomon Pita, SINU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Basil Marasinghe, WWF Country Manager, Shannon Seeto, IMS Director, Starling Daefa and Dr. Koffi Apreku Hea.

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as part of fostering their mutual interests.

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Basil Marasinghe said by the MOU, both SINU and WWF (SI) commit to foster this mutual interest and champion the pursuit of knowledge in order to transform lives and provide relevant solutions to Solomon Islands’ natural resource challenges, through collaborative research activities and community conservation programmes.

Prof Marasinghe said WWF and SINU have a mutual interest in natural resource conservation, food security, and efficient resource management through research and practical community training programmes.

He said the Endeavour is timely as SINU has recently declared open it’s Fisheries Complex and the staff and students are quite excited about the prospect of being the leading Centre for teaching, research and community development programs

He added the main objective of the MOU, therefore, is to provide a framework of co-operation between WWF SI and SINU that seeks to facilitate this interaction by outlining means of collaboration, communication mechanisms, and methods for the implementation of activities of mutual interest.

“This relationship will take the advantage of the complementary institutional capabilities of the Parties in the development and implementation of separate and joint programmes. Activities include, inter alia: assisting the Department of Fisheries Studies with expert support in delivering specialized courses; initiating regular formal and informal communications between the Parties, to facilitate collaboration and information exchange; Facilitating ad hoc bi-lateral and multi-stakeholder platforms to collaborate on overlapping activities; Cooperating on programmes of work that contribute to each Parties’ strategic plans; Working jointly to support activities related to sustainable fisheries and natural resource management in Solomon Islands and the wider Pacific region, among other things; Making personnel available for the implementation of actions for which the Parties are responsible, as set forth in agreed work plans; and Collaborating on communication products to improve regional and national profile of the Parties,” he added.

He thanked the WWF and Mr. Pita, Captain Deafa and Dr. Apreku for getting this MOU prepared and making it happened.