A team of scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) have located monkey-faced bats and flying foxes in the western Solomon Islands 22 years after their original discovery.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our investment in the East Melanesian Islands biodiversity hotspot, UQ is assessing the distribution and conservation status of priority mammal and amphibian species at key biodiversity areas on Gatokae, Vangunu, Kolombangara, Makira and Ghizo islands.
Draft management plans will be developed to conserve confirmed populations and their habitats in collaboration with customary landowners. And a textbook on terrestrial biodiversity of the Solomon Islands and its conservation, plus identification guides to mammals and amphibians, will be developed.
Learn more about the recent discovery.
Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF is unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated regional efforts.