Tuesday, 1 June 2010 9:13 AM

National Geographic to Film Tetepare Island

The highly acclaimed National Geographic Society is coming to the Solomon Islands to film the unique ecology of Tetepare Island in the Western province.

A statement on the film expedition says the unique ecology together with the successful community-based conservation approach by the Tetepare Descendants Association have brought the prestigious National Geographic Society to Solomon Islands.

Solomon Island's two top scientific researchers Myknee Sirikolo and David Boseto will be working with the National Geographic team.

Staff from the World Wild Life Fund for Nature, WWF and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources will also be supporting the team.

Local scientist Mr Boseto says they want to "tell the world how special the Solomon Islands are and showcase some of the little known fish and other exceptional natural features of the country."

Allan Tippet Bero of the Tetepare Descendents Association says the Tetepare experience in the last decade is "an experience people can relate to, and with which international donors, investors and others can understand."

The National Geographic Society team will be recording preliminary material in Honiara starting tomorrow beginning with Melanesia expert Dr Chris Filardi from the Museum of American History.

Filming will begin June 8 and ends on July 2.

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