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Genuine partnerships are not just important for sustainable development; they are absolutely essential.

This has been the lesson of Tina River Hydro in the Solomon Islands, where a flagship renewable energy project is approaching construction. Tina Hydro will displace more than 80 per cent of the electrical energy currently supplied by diesel generation.

It is also now beginning to catalyse additional partnerships which are set to enable further sustainable development outcomes, such as the integrated management and protection of large tracts of unique highland rainforest.

Both of these themes were shared at a side event on Wednesday at the SIDS Conference in Samoa.