July 9, 2019 by angelicas
Helping Solomon Islands to further enhance environment monitoring and reporting was the launch of a national environmental online portal as well as a range of reports called the Ecosystem Resilience Analysis and Mapping Reports, in June.
The national environment portal is an online database providing a centralised data management system housing information and data on the environment for informed decision-making.
The ESRAM Reports are studies to assess natural ecosystems, their current conditions, how communities use them, and what impacts of climate change are having on these ecosystems.
The ESRAM Reports helped identify Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) resulting in the EbA Options Report and Master Plan. This is critical for Solomon Islands where communities in rural areas are largely dependent on the natural ecosystems for their livelihoods. They were commissioned through the Pacific Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) Project facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
“I am really impressed to note that EbA options approach include activities such as forest re-vegetation to reduce flood risks, replanting along streams or watershed areas to reduce soil erosion; while also supporting secondary benefits including provision of food, shelter, water, medicine, income and domestic use of these environment values,” said Hon. Fredrick Kologeto, Supervising Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology of Solomon Islands at the launch.
Along with having key reports to help guide informed decision making for a resilient Pacific, was the launch of the Solomon Islands National Environment Portal, a first for the SPREP island Member.
Solomon Islands along with 13 other Pacific island countries are participating in the Inform project with SPREP to address the issue of data management for improved environmental governance. Inform is funded by the Global Environment Facility through the UN Environment and is housed within SPREPS’s Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme.
”The Solomon Islands Environment Data Portal can serve more than just the Ministry of Environment. It allows for multi-sector, inter-ministry access and collaboration. The portal is built on open source, well supported software, which is widely used by larger global and regional organisations for the very same purpose,” said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP at the historical launch event.
The portal is being used to store data that were used to produce the State of the Environment report and the National Environment Management Strategy (NEMS), both currently being finalised. These two planning and decision making documents also support reporting on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) like the Convention on Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the portal is also being used to disseminate information on the Environmental Impact Assessment processes. The portal is a useful tool to support planning, reporting and decision making.
The launch of the Solomon Islands National Environment Portal and the ESRAM Reports took place on 28 June, 2019. The historical event held at Coral Sea Resort in Honiara was a collaboration between the Solomon Islands Environment and Conservation Division and SPREP.
For more information on the Solomon Islands national environment portal, please go to: https://solomonislands-data.sprep.org.
The four-year regional Inform project (2017-2021), managed through the Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme of SPREP is funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment. It is executed by SPREP in the 14 Pacific island countries of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
PEBACC or the Pacific Ecosystems-based Adaptation to Climate Change Project is a five year project that explores and promotes Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) options for adapting to climate change. The PEBACC Project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.The Project is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Governments of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources(MFMR), Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology(MECDM) and Honiara City Council(HCC) in collaboration with J-PRISMⅡproject and Friends of the city led the cleanup campaign at the Kukum playing field, Children’s’ Park at Rove and White River Secondary School Field respectively on 8th June 2019.
During Opening ceremony at Kukum playing field, Mr, Tomoyuki Kogawa who is a J-PRISMⅡ project coordinator, expressed gratitude for joining the cleanup campaign as a part of World ocean day.
J-PRISMⅡ stands for “Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries PhaseⅡ” funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA). In Solomon Islands, J-PRISM II is implemented by key partners from the MECDM, Ministry of Health (MHMS) and HCC with the goal to strengthen Institutional capacity for Solid Waste Management at the national and provincial levels. J-PRISM Ⅱ is scheduled from 2017 to 2022 to tackle with Solid waste management in Solomon Islands in partnership with not only government agencies, such as MECDM, HCC and MHMS, but also private sectors such as the recycling and waste management association in Solomon Islands.
Every year, 8th of June is marked as the World Oceans Day (WOD) as it provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect and conserve our World’s shared ocean. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Ocean connects people across the Earth, regulates climate and is home to an array of marine plants and animals. It is the source for food, income and many of coastal communities’ livelihoods. It cleanse the water we drink and offers a sea of medicines and other limitless inspirations. It is imperative that we take responsibility to care for the oceans as it cares of us. This year, the theme is “Gender and Ocean”. The focus of this year’s encourages people and stakeholders to demonstrate leadership in preventing plastic pollution and to share solutions that inspire and activate the global community.
Then volunteers, armed with garbage bag and gloves, grappled with rubbish for hours. The work of the volunteers has made Kukum playing field, Children’s’ Park at Rove and White River Secondary School Field respectively a better place. The initiative saw that several hundred of garbage bag filled up at the three sites. After volunteers collected the rubbish, it was transported to Ranadi landfill by HCC. The active participation of everyone present made the day’s events participatory and successful for all those who turned up.
Group picture at Kukum playing field
Children’s’ Park at Rove
Group picture at White River Secondary School Field
Two communities from two Provinces recently benefited from receiving waste management cleanup tools. Moli Community in Ulawa, Makira Ulawa Province and Ro’one Community in South Malaita, Malaita Province are the latest recipients to receive the Cleanup tools that will help them promote proper waste management in their rural communities.
On 15th June 2018, the third workshop was officially held hosted by Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology and the J-PRISM II Project.
You can access and view the document in the link provided as follows; files/docs/users/wbeti/160228_AmendmentstoEnvironmentAct_draft2.2(1).pdf
This call for public review submissions is open as of Friday 9th February 2018 and will close on Friday 30th March 2018.
Source: Environment & Conservation Division Communications