Wednesday 23 January 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Taro, Solomon Islands
The Province of Choiseul in Solomon Islands is preparing to host a large gathering of representatives from every ward of the island, senior provincial and national government representatives, local and international non-governmental agencies, local business groups, community groups and major development partners. The gathering of around 100 will converge on the small island of Taro, the provincial capital, to undertake a joint inception and programme planning workshop for the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP), a programme where SPC is a key supporting development partner. The workshop will take place from 28 to 30 January 2013.
The workshop aims to familiarise the people of Choiseul and supporting stakeholders with the concept and objectives of CHICHAP. The workshop will also have participants from the various sectors and agencies actively involved in drafting an implementation plan for CHICHAP.
The Premier of Choiseul Province, Hon. Jackson Kiloe, stated, ’Climate change is an issue that affects many sectors of community life, including our agricultural systems, fisheries, water supply and culture, as well as local, national and global economies. It is therefore important to include all the levels of community — men and women, young and old — all sectors and levels of government — agriculture, fisheries, forestry, planning — development agencies, church groups and the private sector to address this issue’.
The goals of CHICHAP are to increase the resilience of Choiseul Province to climate change and threats of natural disasters, enhance their food security and strengthen the resilience of natural ecosystems in Choiseul.
CHICHAP will bring together partners with various areas of expertise to support the implementation of components and sector interventions that are necessary to meet the goals of the programme. By working under a common framework, implementation will be carried out in a coordinated and integrated way, where duplication of support will be minimised and synergies enhanced. Development partners initially involved in supporting the development of CHICHAP are the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Programme, The Nature Conservancy, and the United Nations Development Programme.
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