29 May 2017

Solomons working on new climate change legislation

7:20 pm on 29 May 2017

Solomon Islands is working on new climate change legislation which aims, among other things, to align adaptation plans with existing disaster risk reduction efforts.

The minister for environment, climate change, disaster management and meteorology announced this on Friday at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico.

The platform is the primary international forum to assess progress countries are making in implementing and integrating disaster risk reduction measures.

High tides in Marshall Islands in March 2016 hit a seawall.

High tides in Marshall Islands in March 2016 hit a seawall. Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson

Samuel Manetoali told the forum Solomon Islands believes disaster risk reduction efforts should be aligned with climate change adaptation strategies as both are development oriented.

Mr Manetoali however cited a lack of local expertise and difficulties in accessing financing as hindrances to implementation.

He called for more support from the international and donor community for such initiatives.

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