Honiara, Solomon Islands Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
The Honiara City Council Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment was developed in response to a request for assistance to UNDP and UN-Habitat by the Solomon Island Government through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey to implement key recommendations of the Solomon Islands National Development Strategy (2011-2020) and the National Climate Change Policy (2012-2017).
Given the Government of the Solomon Islands National Climate Change Policy directive, the main purpose of the vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Honiara is to provide national and local government decision makers and community leaders with information relevant to defining their adaptation priorities and plans, with the view of eventually integrating this into their regular programmes and budgets. The vulnerability and adaptation assessment will also provide guidance in identifying where and what critical actions are needed to effectively manage the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
The vulnerability and adaptation assessment is envisioned to form part of a larger strategic urban planning process where stakeholder involvement is essential. The participatory nature of the vulnerability and adaptation assessment is expected to bring about broad-based decision making that increases the ability of local governments to mobilize effective local actions.