UNDP is supporting Solomon Islands Government to help people across the Solomon Islands prepare for the future of climate change.
The Solomon Islands is known as the Happy Isles for it's relaxed pace and joyful, smiling people. But this country that has been off-the-beaten-track of global attention, is now ground zero for sea level rise and climate change.
The sea advances further and further into coconut groves and food plantations all across the Solomon Islands. While this is the most visible evidence of climate change, the symptoms are everywhere, from water shortages in towns to reduced productivity on farms from too much rain. UNDP has teamed up with the Solomon Islands Government to try out different techniques to help people adapt. The main focus is to ensure that communities have enough water to deal with climate shocks like extreme storms or prolonged droughts.
Through trial and error, the project is finding new ways that are in tune with what the communities need. There is no one-size-fits-all response and the issues and solutions are as diverse as the people themselves. These are just some of the people who are trying cope with climate change and the SIWSAP* project is helping coordinate the agents of change to build an adaptation movement that will endure beyond the project.
*The Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project, “Gud Wata Fo Strongem Komuniti Lo Evritaem", is funded by the GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund and implemented by the Water Resources Division of Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme. The project aims to improve the resilience of water resources to the impacts climate change and improve health, sanitation and quality of life, so that livelihoods can be enhanced and sustained in the targeted vulnerable areas.
To find out more, go to: http://siwsap.org.sb/