CONSULTATIONS ON DROUGHT POLICY UNDERWAY IN HONIARA

Clear skies, signs of a drought. Photo credit: www.okahandja.org.na

                                              Clear skies, signs of a drought. Photo credit: www.okahandja.org.na

A consultation workshop for the development of Solomon Islands National Drought Policy is set to start tomorrow in Honiara.

Organised by the department of Meteorology, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Services in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), the workshop’s objective is to establish an effective National Drought Policy.

It should work on an early warning system and vulnerability and impact assessment as well as effective drought preparedness, mitigation, response and communication plans.

The consultation will also address the needs of national stakeholders and focus on strengthening institutional capacity in order to deal more effectively with natural hazards such as drought and at the same time provide a platform for stakeholder engagement and share lessons learned.

Solomon Island is among the rest of the Pacific island countries and territories that are the most vulnerable to climate change and its associated impacts.

Therefore, it is critical for the Solomon Islands to have an effective national drought policy.

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