Choiseul undertakes integrated climate change planning
Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:05
Tuesday 29 January 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Choiseul

A three-day climate change planning workshop, the first of its kind in the Solomon Islands, opened on Monday 28 January in Taro, the capital of Choiseul Province.

In his welcoming address, the Premier of Choiseul Province, Hon. Jackson Kiloe, said that climate change poses serious challenges to the lives and development aspirations of the people of the Province.

‘As a province that minimally contributes to causing climate change, I join national and regional leaders to reiterate our inherent vulnerability and limited capacity to adapt to climate change,  and therefore stress that external assistance is required in the interim to initiate a relevant and effective climate change response in Choiseul Province.’

He added the Province is aware of the significance of climate change and has factored this into its Medium Term Development Plan 2012–2014.

This workshop, he said, is one of the first steps in ensuring that partners and other interested stakeholders plan and implement their climate change related programmes in a coordinated and integrated way.

The Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Frank Wickham, reiterated that climate change is now one of the biggest threats to their future development and survival.

He said sustainable development is the medicine for the disease of climate change.

SPC Principal Climate Change Adviser, Brian Dawson, emphasised that the contributions of the various development partners was important.

He told participants that it is important to hold this workshop in the Province to give community members a chance to interact with various partners and agencies so they can voice their concerns and needs regarding climate change adaptation. He also reiterated how important it is for the integrated approach to be owned and driven by the community and the Provincial government.

The Hon. Jackson Kiloe added, ‘As Choiseul is the pilot province for this new approach to adaptation in Solomon Islands, my government, on behalf of the people of Choiseul, supports this approach, where a number of different partners under the leadership of Choiseul Province work in a collaboratively to increase the resilience of our people to climate change.’

This planning workshop is a milestone in a process initiated about ten months ago by the Government of Solomon Islands, Choiseul Province, SPC, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the United States Agency for International Development, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Development Programme.

The workshop ends on Wednesday.

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