- Overall, between April 2014 and May 2020, 68,878 people have benefited from 65 community-led and 5 provincial-led resilience projects.
- Projects provided better access to safe drinking water, created multi-purpose resilient buildings, improved footbridges and increased shoreline protection. For instance, in the coastal village of Balo a bore hole consisting of two 5000-liter water tanks with 17 tap stands was installed to allow the community to access clean water free from saltwater intrusion and sewerage runoff. In Longgu, a raised community hall was built that acts as a shelter during cyclones and disasters, and as a meeting place for important community events.
- Volcano-seismic equipment was installed in seven sites in October 2018 and two rain gauges were integrated in two of the sites, benefitting at least 60,000 vulnerable people.
- The project has facilitated the development of nearly 70 community-based disaster risk management plans that describe the hazard profile of communities and the priority actions needed to manage risks. All of the top priorities within in these plans have been implemented through the CRISP Project.
- The project established a multi-hazard early warning system, and an integrated tsunami and cyclone warning system, that is benefitting the entire population of 620,000 Solomon Islanders.
- Women are estimated to comprise 33,592, nearly half (49 percent) of the direct beneficiaries at project completion in May 2020.
- Of the targeted communities in Guadalcanal, Central Islands, Rennell and Bellona, Malaita, and Temotu Provinces, 97 percent had their number one priorities, such as access to clean drinking water and disaster-resilient community infrastructure, implemented through the sub-projects.
- Three ministries – the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, and the Ministry of Mines, Energy, Rural Electrification and Geohazards Unit – have included risk resilience measures for climate and disaster risk in their annual work programs since 2018.
- A Framework for Resilient Development was drafted through project support that informed a revised National Disaster Management Plan approved by Cabinet in April 2018. The structure prescribed by the plan was then activated for national COVID-19 preparedness and response activities in 2020. This plan ensures a proper flow of commands and instructions from the National Disaster Committee down to the national and provincial governments as well as the activation of working committees to build awareness and support preparedness activities. This has also assisted the management of the confirmed Covid-19 cases in Solomon Islands.
A raised community hall was constructed in Longgu village to act as an emergency shelter during cyclones and other disasters. Water tanks like this one in Mboeni, Gudalcanal, are also being provided throughout Solomon Islands.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) contributed US $1.8 million to the project. CRISP was implemented by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.
To help mainstream resilience into rural infrastructure to enhance economic growth, and to protect communities – including those in low-lying atolls and on artificial islands – against the impacts of climate change and disasters, the Solomon Islands government and the World Bank have agreed to scale up the CRISP-led community resilience activities through a new integrated program in 2022.
The new program will also strengthen government capacity to implement resilience-informed investments.
“The feedback from communities is that we have really addressed the issues that they have on the ground in relation to climate change.”
“There has also been a range of adaptation actions, including institutional strengthening and hard infrastructure. And we have utilized local expertise, which I see as being very important because we've built the capacity of our own people.
“Nearly all the technical people and engineers that have worked with the project have taken up similar, or even higher up, positions in other organizations within the country.”
- Dr. Melchior Mataki, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology
Through CRISP a bore hole consisting of two 5000-liter water tanks with 17 tap stands was installed in Balo village on Guadalcanal. Martha Sura, a grandmother of five, explained what the water tanks mean for her village:
“The most common sickness in our area was diarrhea because everything flowed to the stream. I saw my mother use the stream to wash and I grew up washing from the same stream. I do not want my grandchildren to continue with the same cycle. So, now in the morning we store water in the drums here to flush the toilet.”
Mary Jean, a sixth-grader from Bola village in Guadalcanal Province, said the installation of 5000-liter water tanks in her community had changed her daily life:
“Usually fetching water is a difficult chore for kids like me. We fetch water in the morning, after school and also in the evening. I remembered telling my mom how tired I am because of fetching water. Now I am happy, as I do not have to walk far to fetch water.”