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Improving housing resilience for the urban poor in Honiara, Solomon Islands: Scoping Study

  • Published on July 24, 2019
"The aim of the project is to design and implement resilience actions in Honiara's informal settlements; as well as developing best practice guidelines for climate resilient buildings. The project is the scientific support component of the 'Climate Resilient Honiara' initiative which is working at community, ward and at city levels to integrate local knowledge and scientific best practice to derive the best housing outcomes for the urban poor. Resilience actions in vulnerability hotspot settlements are being identified and prioritized through engagement with the communities involving multi-disciplinary expertise. At the ward level, activities include 1) climate risk communication with women and youth groups (exploring non-written formats); 2) urban agriculture; 3) climate resilient open spaces (including both hard measures such as evacuation centres and soft measures such as nature-based solutions); 4) integrated 'Planning for Climate Change' and DRR training with ward councillors; and 5) good land administration in peri-urban areas. The city-level actions focus primarily on capacity building and will involve short training courses (based on a local needs assessment) that will be held in Honiara and Melbourne, as well as policy / actor mapping to improve integration with existing policies and initiatives."
The outputs and outcomes of the project focuses on improved housing, services and quality of life, and may be adapted to other SIDS globally. An important aspect of the work undertaken in Honiara is engagement/collaboration with local, regional and national governments, NGOs and communities. It also supports both formal and informal capacity development and skills.

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