The following activities are being supported under the USAID Climate Change and Food Security Project in Solomon Islands:
Climate change adaptation project
The project aimed to evaluate and implement innovative techniques and management approaches to increasing the climate change resilience of terrestrial food production systems for communities in Solomon Islands.
It did so by introducing integrated agricultural production systems after conducting vulnerability assessments at selected sites. Activities were supported by improved land-system data and analysis tools such as vegetation and land use mapping and the application of GIS.
The project’s work in the Solomon Islands was carried out under the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICCAP), which brought multiple implementing partners together to implement their various components under a single, unified CC framework in Choiseul Province at the request of the Solomon Islands government.
Three pilot sites reflecting integrated agricultural farming systems were established at Sepa, Loimuni and the Provincial Development Farm in Choiseul Province.
Further information can be found in the following:
- Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICCHAP) 2015 Programme Workshop Report
- Pacific Adaptation Scenarios (Cost & Benefits) Case Studies: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
- Nasinol Lokol Kaikai: A Framework for Action
- Climate change vulnerability assessment and ecosystem-based adaptation (Joint GIZ, SPREP & SPC Synthesis report)
Technical assistance with mainstreaming of climate change and improving adaptation strategies
The project aimed to build national capacity to utilise GIS tools and techniques to help identify key areas of food supply vulnerability, and monitor vegetation and land cover change over time. Capacity building was also provided to facilitate the development of national and community agriculture related adaptation response strategies.
Further information can be found in the following technical and meeting reports:
- 1:50,000 Scale Vegetation Mapping of Solomon Islands
- Climate Change and Food Security Vulnerability Assessment for Sepa and Loimuni
- Technical Exchange on building resilience to climate change and strengthening food security in PICTs: Meeting Summary Record
Training and Capacity Building
Vulnerability assessments, including participatory rural assessments, were conducted for all three sites in 2013 with government officers participating.
As part of the USAID Food Security project, the trainings below were delivered in Solomon Islands:
- Hands on Practical Training in Organic Farming Practices as a Strategy to Increase Resilience of Rural Agriculture to Climate Change Impacts
- Choiseul Province Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Report
- Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis of a Biogas Digester - Case study in Solomon Islands
Follow the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change link to view the short documentary.