The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched its new Pacific Risk Resilience Programme in the Solomon Islands with the aim of strengthening governance mechanisms for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation at the sub-national and local levels.
The regional Programme, which systematically addresses the challenge of ensuring that Pacific communities benefit from activities around disaster risk management and climate change adaptation is initially focused on four countries for an initial period of four years, namely: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Fiji. The four countries were specified for the Programme because they are the most at risk from natural disasters in the Pacific.
The Programme ensures that risk management and adaptation activities actually have a positive and sustainable impact on Pacific Island communities. More importantly, it ensures cooperation between national, provincial, and village authorities in designing and implementing responses to disasters and climate change effects. Ultimately, the main focus of the Programme is building community resilience.
The Programme will be implemented by UNDP and is supported by $16 million AUD from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The implementation is centered on two components:
1. Risk governance: supporting mainstreaming of disaster risk mangement and climate change adaptation into development planning and budgeting at all levels of government.
2. Community level risk management: strengthening community resilience through targeted and inclusive community based disaster management and climate change adaptation activities, such as small grants schemes.
These will be implemented under a single coordinated and intergrated programme. For more on this story, click here.