A series of planned activities in commemoration of the annual World Environment Day/World Oceans Day/Coral Triangle Day Celebration this year in Solomon Islands. Some of the planned activities includes; radio talk-back show, media press statement, Barana Community Environment Expedition, Clean Up Program and the actual event amongst others which will be happening in Gizo/Western Province, Barana Community/Guadalcanal Province, Honiara City/Capital and in Buala/Isabel Province.
The Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management & Meteorology is working together with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Isabel Provincial Government, Pacific Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change Project and Barana Community amongst other stakeholders.
On Sunday 3rd June, a 2 hours radio talk-back show that was successfully held which was focused on the theme"Plastics" and panellist are from the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources, Ministry of Environment ( MECDM) and WWF SI.
Today, on the 5th of June, a pre-record statement by the Minister of Environment ( MECDM) was broadcasted on the National Radio. Following that, the Solomon Islands Scouts lead a 1 hour Environment expedition at Barana Community located within the Queen Elizabeth II national park which was named in memorial of the Queen. A traditional exchange ceremony was made as part of the community welcoming the project at their land. This was followed take place early in the morning followed by a clean-up, tree planting and awareness program at the community.
A clean-up campaign organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources on Saturday 9th June. This clean-up program will take place in the capital city of Honiara which will involve various stakeholders.
During the upcoming Kodili Festival from 25th to 29th June the actual celebration of the World Environment Day/World Oceans Day & Coral Triangle Day will be held on 26th of June in Buala, Isabel Province. Lineup of activities includes canoe races, speech contest, singing contest and a pageant show at night.
The New Solomon Islands Waste Management and Pollution Control Strategy 2017-2026 was formally endorsed by Cabinet in November 2017. It is yet to be officially launched, however, the Ministry is happy to share the e-copy of the strategy can be accessed from this Ministry's website and Solomon Islands Environment data portal (https://solomonislands-data.sprep.org).
The Ministry sincerely acknowledges all the relevant stakeholders coming from the Line Ministries, NGOs, Private Sectors and Academic Institution for the viable contributions during the review and validation workshop in November 2015 and September 2016. The successful outcome of the strategy is a result of the hardwork and contributions of everyone.
Source: ECD communications
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology in collaboration with the Honiara City Council and Japan International Cooperation Agency is currently implementing the second phase of the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management herein referred to as the 'J-PRISM || Project'. This project aims to provide technical support to improve Solid Waste Management in the Solomon Islands.
Recycling is an indispensable activity for the promotion of resources conservation and reduction of waste. Private sector recyclers or companies are playing an important role in recycling in the Pacific region. However, the amounts of recycled waste materials relative to the total generated wastes in the PICs remain too low. It is necessary to develop the suitable institutional system, incentives and facilities that will support the recycling business and increase the recycled waste amounts domestically and exported for recycling abroad.
Due to this fact, the first meeting was held with some private companies in July 2017 to identify the issues to look at ways to collaborate. A proposal for the private companies was the outcome to form an association to help facilitate the discussions on issues and maintain the integrity of the recycling activity in the country.
On Wednesday 25th April 2018, a workshop was conducted with the aimed of establishing the Solomon Islands Waste and Recycling Association in Solomon Islands. Participants during the workshop includes representatives from some major private sector companies, line ministries , local government and development partners such as JICA . The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the structure and content of the draft constitution for the association in Solomon Islands.
A major outcome of the workshop was most of the participants have really appreciated the initiative to establish the association and indicated their support towards the association being established. A way forward after the workshop was to have another meeting with the private sector companies to adopt the draft constitution and to launch the establishment of the association.
The Environment and Conservation Division is currently undertaking review on the proposed draft Environment Act (Amendment) 1998. The department is inviting submissions on the proposed review of the draft act from any individuals or parties who have an interest and would like to contribute their comments/views in the process.
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