Solomon Islands - iNaturalist World Tour

We’re in the Solomon Islands on the World Tour today.

Here are the GADM Level 1 and Level 2 places we’re using. Are these places correct?

What can we do to get more people in the Solomon Islands involved in iNaturalist?

You could contact schools and colleges/universities and teach them how to use iNat in their curricula. Colleges and Universities have flora and fauna classes for folks going into tourism, fisheries management, land development, agriculture, and similar careers. Being able to use iNaturalist will provide value add for a tour guide or a dive master to help them learn more wildlife and have access to lots of pictures to help ID and a network of people who can help ID unusual things they see. They could show tourists how to use it to identify things they saw that the guide doesn’t know. I bet some scuba divers (like me) will love it.

New species are being discovered in many of the remote places scuba divers go and it would be cool if the locals could get credit for the first find of an organism that’s new to science.

Once the tourism professionals are into it, they can encourage others with knowledge to help identify things and even collect local names and uses for organisms. Collect some Ethnobotany and Ethnofisheries information along with the photographs and distribution info. And they can recruit identifiers from tourists, visiting researchers, and expats with that knowledge.

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