SPC Supports Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Solomon Islands

27 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced the completion of a climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment in Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands. Assessing the impacts of climate change and other drivers, including population growth, unsustainable land use and logging, on land- and marine-based resources and community life in Choiseul, the study observed heightened coastal erosion caused by the removal of mangroves, coastal trees and shrubs, as well as the construction of ill-designed and ill-placed seawalls, groins and log ponds.

The assessment was completed under the German-funded Regional Programme on Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCCPIR), in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) project, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

In consultation with the community, the team identified adaptation actions using Reef-2-Ridge and EbA approaches. The vulnerability assessment is currently being drafted by SPC. [SPC Press Release]