To build knowledge and capacity of Solomon Islands’ Western Province communities to plan for and adapt to climate change in partnership with the government.
The communities in Solomon Islands’ Western Province are already experiencing some climate change impacts, including increased storm events, drought, coral bleaching, sea level rise, and erosion. With limited resources and support from the provincial or national governments, their exposure and vulnerability to climate change is high. With more than 90 percent of inshore coastal areas —including land and sea— under customary or tribal tenure, these communities would benefit from community-based resource management as a strategy for reducing long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change.
The project works to build capacity within the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP) community network in Western Province to understand key climate threats and vulnerabilities as well as plan for and adapt to climate change in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government. This also involves building the provincial government’s capacity, so that the government can provide support and funding beyond the life of the project. It is important to build government capacity because it is at this decision level that policies and laws are discussed, deliberated on, and endorsed. By building a bridge between communities and policymakers, this project will increase the communities’ understanding of key climate threats and vulnerabilities, and identify and implement adaptation actions that also promote coastal resource management covering agriculture, water, fisheries, and health, among others. By doing so, this project will build the adaptive capacity of communities, and help reduce their exposure and sensitivity to climate impacts.
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