Description/achievement of initiative
This partnership fosters to strengthen/ sustain the resilience of the Lauru people to impacts from current and emerging threats of climate change, environmental degradation and natural disasters. All activities already undertaken and planned are consistent with international, national and provincial commitments and planning policies. These include: Solomon Islands National Development Strategy (NDS); Solomon Islands National Climate Change Policy; National Disaster Risk Management Plan; Solomon Islands National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP); Choiseul Province Medium Term Development Plan and the Ridges to Reef Conservation Plan for Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands.
To achieve the objective, the partners will collaborate through the collectively agreed Programme that provides for the joint implementation, where practicable, of activities contained in projects that are focussing on the following sectors: food security, ecosystem-based adaptation, climate change adaptation, climate change risk and adaptation assessment, enhancing resilience of communities.A Ridge-Community-Reef¯ Climate Change Adaptation Approach has been agreed upon between the partners and national as well provincial government.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Regular workshops at community and province level; on the job training
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The national lead agency is the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM). The Provincial Government of Choiseul has the lead in the collaborative effort to achieve the above objective at the province-level. The Provincial Government and MECDM are supported by the Solomon Islands National Ministries of Development Planning and Aid Coordination; Agriculture and Livestock; Infrastructure Development; Mines; Forestry and Research; Fisheries and Marine Resources; and the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening.In terms of the programme coordination: a Partners Advisory and Implementation Group (PAIG) has been established to coordinate development partners in supporting the Choiseul Provincial Government and the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities to ensure cohesion between climate change adaptation/ mitigation and disaster risk management initiatives and other resilience building projects as appropriate.
Solomon Islands Government, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).