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RMIT University – Development of Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation Plan’s for Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Port Vila (Vanuatu)

By on August 18, 2016
RMIT University

Contact name and title
Alexei Trundle, Research Associate


Title of activity
Development of Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation Plan's for Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Port Vila (Vanuatu)

Description of activity
As part of the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative, action plans are being developed for the two cities that address key climate hazards and climate vulnerabilities, with a focus on informal/squatter settlements and potential ecosystem-based adaptation actions that contribute to the livelihoods of lower socio-economic urban residents. A secondary focus is climate change awareness raising and communications, developed through alternative mediums such as theatre, dance and radio.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums

11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

Main themes of this activity

Slum Upgrading
Climate Change

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
At a community level disaster management plans have been implemented in some hotspot areas, while broader awareness of local climate-related risks has been enhanced. Honiara's Local Planning Scheme now takes into account climate hazards, and each city now has a comprehensive Climate Vulnerability Assessment to use as a reference point during hazard events.
How the impact of the activity was measured
Monitoring and Evaluation are integrated into the UN-Habitat 'Planning for Climate Change' toolkit methodology, with impact measures set out in adaptive capacity assessment procedures, and additional measures being collated through the cyclical re-assessment of climate vulnerability (for instance, improvement in hazard-exposure of critical infrastructure or households living in hazard zones).
Links related to the activity
  • bit.ly/PortVila
Additional notes