Development partners agree on collaboration in Choiseul Province
Friday, 08 February 2013 11:16
Monday 28 January 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Choiseul

Development partners signing the MOU for the Choiseul programme: from L-R Brian Dawson, SPC Principal Climate Change Adviser; Willie Atu, The Nature Conservancy Coordinator (Solomon Islands); Akiko Suzaki, UNDP Resident Representative; Lalage Cherry, Coordinator Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning; David Sheppard, SPREP Director General; and Wulf Killmann, GIZ Programme Director. Standing: Paul Donohoe, SPREP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Officer

A milestone was achieved in Choiseul Province today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address climate change. The MOU brings together development partners, including SPC, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the United Nations Development Programme, the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning and The Nature Conservancy.

The Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme puts into practice the important requirements for the mainstreaming and integration of climate change into provincial planning, and takes a holistic approach to supporting the development of Choiseul Province in an integrated, ridge-community-reef and ecosystem-based adaptation approach.

The Programme Director for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Dr Wulf Killmann, emphasised that this is an interesting new approach, one that has never been tried before.

‘Traditionally, different agencies work in competition. Here, for the first time, we try to work together to make better use of the resources we have and also to reduce the pressure on the local authorities.’

The programme, which involves a number of partners under the guidance of Choiseul Province working together to increase resilience to climate change, is a pilot for Solomon Islands.

Dr Kilmann, who helped facilitate and coordinate the approach, said that this Integrated Climate Change Programme would make it easier for the local authorities to work with the development agencies.

He added that the purpose of this agreement was to commit the stakeholders and partners to working together and to have only one programme in Choiseul that addresses climate change adaptation.

The programme is to be owned and driven by the community and Provincial government.

Dr Killmann said that the national government would no longer be confronted with a myriad of development partners who each do their little projects but instead will work on a comprehensive joint project.

The Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme will be implemented by partners working in their own areas of expertise but in a coordinated and integrated way to minimise duplication and enhance synergies.

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