Solomon Islands : Developing Planned Relocation Guidelines in the Context of Slow and Sudden Onset Disasters

Solomon Islands : Developing Planned Relocation Guidelines in the Context of Slow and Sudden Onset Disasters

Asia
NC.0035
SB10P0503
200,000
Solomon Islands
Migration, Environment and Climate Change
National
Active

Solomon Islands is prone to tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, and thousands of people have been affected due to disaster related displacement. Slow-onset disasters such as sea level rise (SLR) are further undermining the security of communities in low-lying coastal areas of Solomon Islands. As a result, the Government of Solomon Islands (GoSI) has identified a number of communities for potential relocation, including Taro the capital of Choiseul Province.  It is in this context that the GoSI has sought assistance in the development of relocation guidelines, in alignment with national policies. IOM is well-placed to facilitate the development of these guidelines and has regionally specific experience on disaster risk reduction. For example, IOM developed a National Framework for Durable Solutions to Disaster Displacement in Vanuatu as well as appropriate guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reduce disaster displacement. The project would enable the results and expertise from the Vanuatu project supported by the IOM Development Fund to be leveraged in the Solomon Islands and the wider Pacific context, enabling the project to contribute significantly to the critical and augmenting issue of planned relocation in this environmentally at-risk region. The project will focus specifically on internal planned relocation.  The objective of the proposed project is to contribute to disaster and climate resilience of communities inhabiting slow and sudden -onset disaster prone areas in Solomon Islands. The project outcome: the relocation guidelines facilitate the protection of the rights and dignity of relocated persons and achievement of durable solutions will be enabled through two output deliveries: i) evidence-based relocation guidelines are available to key stakeholders; and ii) government officials have the skills, tools and knowledge to apply the relocation guidelines.