Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Maelanga has commended Solomon Islands Red Cross (SIRC) for prioritizing climate change adaptation programs in its strategic plan for the next four years.
“I welcome the aim in this strategic plan to mainstream climate change adaptation across all programming.
“It is also vital that as an island nation we must address the issue of climate change.
“Pacific islands contribute less than 0.03 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, but are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” Mr Maelanga said.
He added that Solomon Islands faces sea level rise three times the global average.
“That is why the Solomon Islands government has signed up to the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
“So the Solomon Islands Red Cross Strategic Plan 2017-2020 focus on social inclusion and increasing community resilience are worthy goals.”
Since its inception in 1960, SIRC has played a significant role alongside Government during natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and cyclones, as well as outbreaks of disease such as dengue fever.
Last month, Red Cross volunteers and staff were out in communities alongside staff from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of Education, disseminating information about dengue fever, including how to avoid catching it, and how to recognise symptoms.
Last December Red Cross also supported our National Disaster Management Office to assist those affected when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Makira Province.
SIRC on Wednesday launched its Strategic Plan for the next four years, with the aim of reaching 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2020.
The plan is the culmination of six months’ work and consultation with staff, members and volunteers, as well as stakeholders and communities.
The road map has three goals – to improve community resilience, to build a strong Red Cross National Society, and to strengthen influence and partnerships with key partners and stakeholders.
By TEDDY KAFO