The Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Disaster Management and Meteorology is made up of 4 Divisions and 1 Office. They are the:
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is responsible for sustainable environmental management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management and meteorological services for the Solomon Islands. The Ministry is organised into four technical divisions that look after each of the technical areas, namely environment and conservation, climate change, disaster management, meteorology. There is a separate division that is responsible for corporate services.
“A safe, sustainable and resilient environment for Solomon Islands”
“To provide an enabling environment for the socio-economic development of the Solomon Islands through the application of necessary safeguards with regard to:
The MECDM is relatively new (amalgamated in 2007 and expanded in 2010). Its key mandates are to promote and ensure safe, sustainable and resilient Solomon Islands communities and to coordinate and guide the sustainable use and conservation of the Solomon Islands’ natural resources and ecosystems, as well as providing key data services such as meteorological information and disaster risk reduction and management strategies.
These mandates are derived from both Cabinet decisions and legislation. As one senior staff of the Ministry put it, the MECDM’s mandate is distilled to that of a “safeguards” Ministry to enable sustainable socioeconomic development in the Solomon Islands.
The MECDM is led by a Minister. Under the Minister is the Permanent Secretary (PS), an Under Secretary Technical (UST) and 4 Divisions and 1 Office which include:
Each Division is headed by a Director except for the Corporate Services Division which is headed by a Human Resource Manager (HRM).
At the regional and international levels, each Division acts as a national focal point for various agreements.
There are five legislated mandates associated with MECDM divisions. The Environment & Conservation Division is responsible for three acts, namely:
Other laws that govern the MECDM’s areas of work include:
The Solomon Islands National Development Strategy 2016-2035 is the country’s main development strategy. Of the document’s 5 objectives, objective 4 is the most relevant to the MECDM’s work.
This objective aims to achieve “Resilient and environmentally sustainable development with effective disaster risk management, response and recovery.” This is divided into two mid-term strategies that aim to achieve this objective:
These objectives are further supported by the actions of the ruling DCC Government Policy Strategy.
Furthermore, the MECDM has its own plans, policies and strategies which give the Ministry a wide scope of responsibility. The Ministry’s key policies, plans and strategies include:
The MECDM also has several other pipeline policies, strategies, frameworks and plans. Please contact the Ministry for more information on these.