The Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks Project (CRISP)
Writing a feature article in today’s Solomon Times Online, local freelance journalist ,Georgina Kekea, relates how fetching and carrying water falls disproportionately on women and children in the Solomon Islands.
Georgina, however, goes on to relate how the development objective of the Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks Project (CRISP) in Solomon Islands is to build the resilience of selected rural vulnerable communities to manage climate change and disaster risks, including access to water.
Quoting more of the article:
“This in turn will lead to resilient and sustainable communities that are able to respond to the extreme vulnerability and effects of climate change and natural hazards.
“Bola village in Guadalcanal was selected after a Community Vulnerability and Risk Management Assessment Planning Process (CVRM) was carried out by CRISP in the community.
“Bola Community identified water as the number one priority key sector affected by saltwater intrusion, droughts and flooding, impacting on the community’s health, time poverty especially for women to focus on small income generating activities including school children missing school at times.
“As such, CRISP funded rain water harvesting water supply consisting of 5000 litres water tanks in building the resilience of Bola Community within the water sector resulting in improved health and livelihoods.
“According to the CVRM carried out by CRISP, the community of Balo is still experiencing major problems with sanitation where people still practice open defecation.
“The Community Vulnerability Risk Management Process (CVRM) done at Balo is an initiative under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM).
“It is an integrated approach that builds on the principle of risk resilience tools and processes for enhancing climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and environmental management at community level. This initiative has been implemented through partnership with the CRISP Project.”