MORE than 10 participants from Choiseul and Isabel Province were in Honiara this attending a week long capacity building workshop organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with the support of funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Australian Government.
Participants are representatives of TNC partners from the Choiseul Provincial Government, Choiseul Provincial Council of Women, Isabel Provincial Government, the Diocese of Ysabel Mothers Union and the Arnavons Community Marine Conservation Area.
Project coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, Meg Ryan of Australia facilitated the first two days of the workshop on Contracts and Budgeting.
The first part of the workshop covered the component of contracting and the basis of using relevant computer software mainly to upgrade the participants for proper budgeting using relevant software’s.
The second part of the workshop about Communication through media was facilitated by Duran Aniki, a consultant of Pasifik Wantoks International, a Brisbane-based Media Consultancy firm.
The training attempted to capture ways of reporting Environmental activities in rural areas of Choiseul and Isabel provinces through using local and international media.
One of the participants and representative of the Choiseul Provincial Council of Women, Nelly Neko, 31, expressed her gratitude in attending such a workshop.
“The workshop has provided an opportunity to further her understanding particularly the important aspects of contracting and budget requirement from donor partners,” Ms Neko said.
“This will certainly improve my work performance in managing and monitoring the implementation of the project activities aligned to the deliverables as stipulated in the contract with donor partners,” she added.
Jeffrey Collin, 23, the Communication and Awareness Coordinator for the Diocese of Isabel Mother’s Union under TNC contract, said:
“The workshop has highlight the important aspects of Contracts with donor partners and the need to better report Environmental activities within the rural communities.”
Participants appreciate TNC for such a workshop, which started on Monday 13 and ended yesterday.
The entire workshop is part of TNC program, designed to build the capacity of participating organizations in improving their performance in the implementation of their environmental activities at community and provincial level more effectively.