The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) plays a key role in addressing development challenges posed by the impact of climate change and disasters, and yet it has limited operational capacity as a relatively new and amalgamated ministry. UNDP provides the Ministry with technical support to strengthen its institutional capacity. With our support, its Corporate Plan (2015 – 2017 & 2018-2020) was developed and implemented while supporting a new unit for coordination and management within the Ministry.
UNDP and Global Environment Facility (GEF) through its Trust Fund supported a number of initiatives in Solomon Islands which have been making steady progress in strengthening institutional capacity to improve management of environment and natural resources through a more effective and sustainable system. It included strengthened institutional capacity to improve implementation of the Rio Conventions in conjunction with implementation of the REDD+ Roadmap.
Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and preparedness in the national governance system has resulted in developing the Earthquake Recovery Plan for Makira and South Malaita. The Recovery Plan will guide resource allocation for government and development partners, as established by the Cabinet Decision on 22 June 2017. It was a result of south-south cooperation between the Governments of Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Converged water sector and climate change adaptation response has been strengthened and integrated into all aspects of water planning and management policy. The initiative resulted in increased reliability and improved quality of water supply in six targeted areas including Temotu Province after a volcanic eruption in 2017.