The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
 
 
 
 
Key results and achievements - Programme in Solomon Islands

2013

  • The initial assessment of existing institutional structures has been undertaken through the background document prepared by the policy advisor. The assessment shows that REDD+ implementation will require developing institutional changes within the Ministry of Forest and Research and the Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) in order to facilitate REDD+ related activities. The development of institutional capacity to facilitate the requirements of REDD+ in terms of governance, MRV capacity, transparency and accountability are some of the key components.
  • Proposals for a revised institutional approach and improved coordination are currently being developed, and review and finalization of REDD+ Strategies, and Guidelines for stakeholder engagement are being formulated.

  • The process for communication and capacity building had began and remains on going through a number of structures and events including:

  • The development of a multi-stakeholder governance structure for awareness raising.

  • A National UN-REDD website which is currently under development.

  • A UN-REDD programme brochure which was developed for circulation.

  • A number of awareness raising and training events related to the operation of the REDD+ Taskforce and working groups, for instance, study tour to Fiji, consultations, meetings and training on MRV.

  • Guidelines on stakeholder engagement for REDD+ implementation are under development and will be included within the draft Roadmap.

  • The MRV expert’s (consultant) ’s first mission (June 18-23) included meetings with the Ministry of Forest on the overview of MRV, assessment of Forestry's activities, identification of skills and roles for MRV training. MRV expert conducted a training workshop on data collection for all stakeholders. The training provided an overview of MRV skills and process, what is MRV in more detailed steps, what is needed for SI (equipment, data and personnel) and what information is available (GIS, Inventory databases, etc.).

  • The UN-REDD Programme and national partners were engaged with regional programs such the SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Exchange and Planning Workshop, 3-5 June 2013. As a result of this regional collaboration the SPC-GIZ Pacific Regional Project on Climate Protection through Forest Conservation Programme funded four officers from the Fijian Department of Forest to support the Solomon Islands National MRV Field Training which resulted in more than 30 people being trained. The Objectives of the Workshop were to:

  • Review current work in the SPC-GIZ Pacific Regional Project on Climate Protection through Forest Conservation.

  • Exchange knowledge and lessons learned for National REDD+ Readiness

2012

  • The Taskforce was officially established through a cabinet decision in November 2012 following initial multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder consultation meetings in August 2012 and October 2012 to promote their active participation in the national REDD+ readiness process.
  • Baseline studies and initial discussions on strategies and approaches on stakeholder engagement, safeguard and MRV were initiated with the initial meetings of Taskforce and Technical Working Groups in November 2012.
  • Two provincial awareness raising and consultation events in Choiseul and Western province were undertaken in October 2012 focused on key stakeholder groups at the provincial level. Initial stakeholder mapping conducted by the international policy advisor and validated within workshop in November 2012.

  • Initial awareness raising material in the form of two-page leaflet providing an overview of REDD+ developed, printed and distributed to key stakeholders. Two provincial awareness raising and consultation events in Choiseul and Western province were undertaken in October 2012 focused on key stakeholder groups at the provincial level. Initial stakeholder mapping conducted by the international policy advisor and validated within workshop in November 2012.

  • Initial stakeholder mapping and data collection conducted along with initial awareness-raising on FPIC as part of the stakeholder engagement and safeguards workshop in November 2012.

  • Initial baseline data collection, awareness raising and consultation on safeguards undertaken by the international policy advisor in November 2012 and corresponding workshop on safeguards and stakeholder engagement.

  • A workshop on MRL/ REL held in September 2012 and attended by thirty participants from various stakeholders. The MRV training t provided both training and acted as an initial capacity assessment of key stakeholders. Information also used to complete development of MRV/REL consultant ToR.

  • Two meetings were held with SPC –GIZ on the potential for regional cooperation. One meeting was held with Program Manager in Choiseul province in October 2012 followed by discussions in Fiji when the UNREDD Programme Manager attended the regional workshop late October 2012.

  • Initial awareness on good governance and FPIC was raised among two national REDD+ focal points from The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECDM) and Ministry of Forestry and Research (MFR) and one Civil Society Organization (CSO) representative from Live & Learn through a regional knowledge-sharing event in Bogor, Indonesia in Apr 2012.
  • With Targeted Support funds, the Solomon Islands together with PNG has requested FAO in May 2012 to develop a regional monitoring and MRV support structure for Pacific Island Countries to collectively attain and share technical capacity.

2011

  • MRV and monitoring workshop was organized to provide an overview of national MRV and monitoring systems, as well as various capacity, data and resource requirements for the implementation of REDD+. The event was attended by technical staff members of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Ministry of Forests and Research, experts from the UN-REDD Programme and several NGOs (Oct 2011)
  • The programme inception workshop was held in collaboration with the national project planning meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/GIZ Regional Project, “Climate Protection through Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries” A process of awareness-raising among national and local stakeholders and potential NGO was initiated through an inception meeting (Jun/Jul 2011).  
  • Preliminary assessment of baseline conditions was done through this inception to inform the design of a national REDD+ roadmap process (Jun/Jul 2011).