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The UNDP Country Office in the Solomon Islands is implementing a range of projects in support of Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Strategy 2020- 2035 one of which is related to Disaster Risk Management. Disaster Risk Management cuts across almost every Sustainable Development Goals particularly goals number 1, 11 and 13. UNDP’s project on Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Management in Solomon Islands supports Strategic Goal Number Four of the NDS which calls for environmentally sustainable with effective disaster risk management, response and recovery.
UNDP is embarking on two-year project in partnership with the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology to have an integrated approach to addressing disaster management and disaster risk reduction. The DRM Project’s overall goal focuses on having increased national capacity to anticipate hazards, withstand the impacts, recover from, and better inform development as well as reducing risks associated with human and natural hazards to sustain development gains. The project has three main outputs which consist of the following:
- institutional capacity development, coordination, planning and policy advisory support to consolidate the establishment of a robust and resilient Solomon Islands disaster risk management system that also considers climate change and sustainable development.
- scale up of support to strengthening sub- national governance and operational arrangements to enhance community resilience.
- strengthening of linkages between climate and disaster risk reduction and sustainable development through better information and knowledge management system for planning and decision- making.
The installation of AWS comes under activity 3 (Improved early warning systems to strengthen disaster preparedness and flow of warnings between national level and vulnerable communities) of the ne‘ ‘Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Management in Solomon Islands (IDRM) pro’ect’. The hardware materials are important to enable the complete installation of AWS. The AWS installation activity is crucial to enable key decision makers under the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) develop actionable risk information for the public. These includes;
- strengthening commu’ities’ disaster preparedness by conducting community drills and evacuation plans,
- support monitoring and forecasting capabilities at the national, provincial and community levels, and
- improve data collection and sharing to clients on various climate and weather information pr ducts.