Honiara, Solomon Islands - The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) organized an Inception Workshop to launch the implementation of a new climate change adaptation project, “Enhancing resilience of communities to the adverse effects of climate change in agriculture and food security” last week. Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary of MECDM in his opening remarks said “Agriculture is greatly impacted by climate change. Despite this big impact, no one in rural Solomon Islands is talking about climate change. Our challenge therefore is to mainstream climate change”.

The Project addresses agriculture and food security as these sectors are among the most vulnerable to climate change and therefore require urgent attention.  The project will support the introduction of climate-resilient farming and aquaculture techniques at the community level, such as the use of climate-resistant crop varieties and related cultivation practices. It will also support the establishment of crop fields functioning as food-banks for shortages induced by drought or floods, and enhanced food processing and storage techniques. The project will support climate risks to be integrated into agriculture and land use related policy and planning frameworks at national, provincial, ward and village levels. The project will systematically gather, analyze and communicate good practices and lessons generated by the communities involved, in order to benefit a broader range of users.

Seven regions will be targeted to implement the community based activities, which include weather coast area of South Guadalcanal, weather coast area of Makira, South Choiseul, North Malaita, Central Maringe in Isabel, Honiara city, and Lau and Langa Langa lagoon in Malaita. 

Rence Sore stated “This is perfect timing for this Project which will enable us to mainstream climate change and its adverse effects on food security into provincial development plans”.

A total of US$5,100,000 from the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund has been allocated to the project for four years. The Adaptation Fund Board endorsed the Project in March 2011. The project is implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and executed by MECDM.

Akiko Suzaki, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Solomon Islands Sub-Office said, “I am happy to announce you that this project of Solomon Islands is one of the first Adaptation Fund funded projects globally at the inception stage and the very first one in the Pacific”.

The Adaptation Fund was established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance concrete adaptation in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

More than 30 participants from relevant ministries, academia and non-governmental organizations attended the workshop that was held from June 28 – 30.  Participants discussed the expected results of the project and necessary actions to kick-start the project implementation.

Contact information
Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), on ps@mecm.gov.sb

Akiko Suzaki, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Honiara, Solomon Islands, on akiko.suzaki@undp.org, or telephone: (+677) 22747

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