Floods and landslides: Experience from Honiara
February 2020: More frequent and severe heavy rainfall events, flooding and landslides are what keep Honiara villagers awake at night. ICLEI and Honiara Council representatives have visited several of the most vulnerable settlements in Honiara from November 2019 to February 2020 and talked with village leaders and residents. Three villages are nestled in steep valleys, two villages on low-lying land between a river and the beach. Their threats range from torrential rain, tidal and river flooding, flash flooding in the valleys, landslides and mudslides, to earthquakes and tsunamis. While the villages already have local systems for early warnings and emergency procedures, the City Council and ICLEI are helping develop more reliable ways for the Council, and Ward Councillors in particular, to support these vulnerable settlements. This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Friendship Grants program.
Australian Aid: Friendship Grant
January 2019: ICLEI Oceania has been awarded an Australian Aid Friendship grant for a project titled “Building climate change and disaster resilience leadership in the Solomon Islands”. This will enable ICLEI to build on the earlier disaster resilience action planning exercise with Honiara City. The grant will be used to provide consultation and training to Honiara City’s newly elected ward councillors to build stronger links between the City and local community leaders and groups to strengthen disaster preparedness, response and recovery. This first grant is for 2019 and further grants may be awarded depending on the outcomes achieved in Year 1.
New Alliance to Assist Local Communities in the Pacific
18 June 2018: Three leading providers of technical support and capacity building for local government institutions have joined forces to promote urban, rural and outer island development in the Pacific.
Local Government Professionals Australia, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, Oceania (ICLEI Oceania) have signed a tripartite agreement to help Pacific islands adapt to the new multi-dimensional and complex issues they are increasingly facing.
‘The impact that climate change, rapid population growth and urbanisation and other problems are having on things like planning, basic infrastructure and services provision in the Pacific is unprecedented,’ said Ricki Bruhn, LG Professionals Australia National President.
‘They present significant challenges to governments in the region at both the national and sub-national level,’ he said.
‘Our three organisations have unique and extensive networks and experience in local government, with strong relationships in the Pacific,’ said Terry Parker, Strategic Adviser, CLGF.
‘There will be no single solution to overcoming these challenges. We will work with communities to respond to the local context, and provide the appropriate assistance, drawing upon ICLEI’s extensive experience worldwide,’ said Steve Gawler, Regional Director ICLEI Oceania.
The alliance will work to contribute to the Australian Government’s aspirations outlined in its 2017 White Paper on Foreign Affairs and Australia’s aid policy framework.
Organisation of East Caribbean States joins Front-Line
23 March 2018: We are delighted to announce that The Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) – the International Inter-Governmental Organisation representing ten member and 3 associate member countries of the Caribbean, has joined the Front-Line initiative as a regional partner.
OECS represents Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Nevis, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Martinique. OECS works with its member states to tackle climate change and natural disasters. It believes that effective partnerships at all levels, including at the municipal level, are critical to building resilient communities, societies and economies.
See the Letter of Support here
Launch of Front-Line Cities and Islands Initiative
13 November 2017: mayors and leaders of islands at the front-line of climate change, from the President of Palau to Mayor of Cozumel, Mexico, came together with mayors and leaders of cities around the world to join forces in taking action to address climate change and build resilience through the launch of Front-line Cities and Islands at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. For full coverage of the launch please click here Link
For further information on Front-Line go to the dedicated webpages at Link