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*Excerpts from 'National Capacity Self Assessment: combined cross cutting assessment'


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Adaptation Learning Mechanism [climate change adaptation] country profiles
Solomon Islands

Asian Development Bank Country Profiles and Strategies
Solomon Islands

Biosafety Profiles [CBD Biosafety Clearinghouse Mechanism]
Solomon Islands

Birdlife [Avifauna] Profiles 

see Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World - browsable by country and by individual island within the Pacific region - excellent data source

see also Species profiles [*For the Globally Threatened Birds (those evaluated as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable), each factsheet contains a summary account, range map and an illustration, plus additional data tables. For Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Near Threatened, Least Concern and Data Deficient species, each contains a concise summary paragraph and some additional data tables.] [Birdlife International]

see also Endemic Bird Areas [EBAs] of the Pacific [incl. Aitutaki (secondary area) ; East Caroline Islands ; Fiji ; Gilbert Islands (secondary area) ; Henderson Island ; Mariana Islands ; Marquesas Islands ; Marshall Islands (secondary area) ; Nauru (secondary area) ; Niuafo‘ou (secondary area) ; Niue (secondary area) ; Northern Line Islands (secondary area) ; Palau ; Pitcairn (secondary area) ; Rapa (secondary area) ; Rimatara ; Rotuma (secondary area) ; Samoan Islands ; Society Islands ; Southern Cook Islands ; Tonga (secondary area) ; Tuamotu archipelago ; Wake Island (secondary area) ; Wallis and Futuna (secondary area) ; Yap Islands ] [Birdlife International]

see also Important bird areas of the Pacific [IBAs] (2010) [Birdlife Pacific]

IBA Profiles: 
Solomon Islands

IBA Reports:
Solomon Islands

* order the complete CD-ROM 'Important bird areas in the Pacific: a compendium' from theSPREP IRC

see also Pacific regional overview [Birdlife International] 
see also Globally Threatened Birds (those evaluated as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable) of Oceania [Birdlife International]
see also State of the World's birds website and report [Birdlife International] - including Pacific country case studies

Climate Lab profiles
Solomon Islands

Country Climate Profile [UNDP]
* Sourced from the Adaptation Learning Mechanism, a knowledge sharing platform developed by UNDP in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Bank, and the United Nations Environment Programme.


Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP) (NEW)


Earthtrends Thematic Country Profiles [WRI]
Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and protected areas, Climate and atmosphere, Coastal and marine ecosystems, Economics, business and the environment, Energy and resources,Environmental governance and institutions, Forests, grasslands and drylands, Population, health and human well-beingWater resources and freshwater ecosystems.

Environment Statistics - Country Snapshots [UN; 2009]
Solomon Islands

Environmental Vulnerability Index - Country Profiles [SOPAC / UNEP]
Solomon Islands

EU Pacific Country Environment Profiles

see EU Country Partnership Profiles [incl. environment and EDF10 strategies]
Solomon Islands

FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System
Solomon Islands

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profiles 
Solomon Islands

Fishbase Biodiversity Country Profiles (all fish)
Solomon Islands

Fisheries Resources Profiles
Solomon Islands (1994; 2.29mb), Solomon Islands (2006; 1.26mb)

Forestry Country Profiles 
Forestry Department Country Profiles [FAO] 
Solomon Islands

see also FAO Forest Resource Assessment : Country Reports [2010]
Solomon Islands (2010; 262kb)

see also State of the World's Forests 2007: Asia and the Pacific [FAO] (2008; 1.77mb)
see also Tropical and subtropical forest profiles prepared by the World Wildlife Fund

see also Mongabay Rainforest profiles:
Solomon Islands

Global Biodiversity Information Forum [GBIF] Country Profiles 
Solomon Islands

see also GBIF Google Earth Country Links
Solomon Islands

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Country Profiles
Use the drop down menu to go to the individual profiles - includes GEF-4 Allocation and Utilization , Approved Projects and Projects Under Preparation

Integrated Coastal Management Profiles
Solomon Islands

Integrated Water Resource Management Profiles [SOPAC]
Solomon Islands

Invasive Species : Country Profiles [ISSG]
Solomon Islands

Land-based pollutants inventory for the South Pacific region: Part 2: Regional summary and country profiles [SPREP] (1993; 19mb)

Laws and legislation

Pacific islands Environmental Laws [Commonwealth Secretariat]
Solomon Islands

SPREP National Laws and Legislation clearinghouse
Solomon Islands

see also 'Legislative reviews' in Country Reports (below)

Mangrove and Wetlands Profiles [ *from Proceedings of the Pacific Regional Workshop on Mangrove Wetlands Protection and Sustainable Use . SPREP, 2002.]
Solomon Islands (2002; 255kb), Solomon Islands (2006; 2.17mb)

see also: A Directory of Wetlands in Oceania [1993]
see alsoWetlands of the Pacific Island Region (2008; 882kb)
see alsoIWMI Global Wetlands - Interactive Web Map Server - includes countries of Oceania 

Marine Resource Profiles
Solomon Islands [TNC] (2006; 6.89mb)

see also:

State of the marine environment in the South Pacific Region (1990; 3.48mb)

see also:

Reefbase Country Profiles (coral reefs, reef fish, biodiversity)
Solomon Islands

see also:

Status of Coral Reef Systems of the World: 2008 (2008; 20mb)

Chapter 12 - Status of the Coral Reefs in the South West Pacific: Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (2008; 1.79mb)

see also GIS data for corals in the Pacific from Reefbase browse by country and reef profile
see also GIS data for marine protected areas in the Pacific from Reefbase - browse by country and ecosystem

MPA Global Profiles (marine protected areas database)
Solomon Islands

see also Millennium Coral Reef Mapping - South Pacific products
IMARS Geomorphological classification is publicly available on the University of South Florida web site from . Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa, New Caledonia, Cook Is, French Polynesia and East Solomon are there (PNG will hopefully be coming shortly). Files are distributed as Shapefiles (ArcGIS) and can be opened in MapInfo.

Mapservers containing country level data on land utilisation, forestry, minerals etc.
Solomon Islands

National Communications Support Programme [Climate] Profiles [UNDP]
Solomon Islands

Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum Country Data:
Solomon Islands

Pacific Regional information System - PRISM [SPC]
Environmental and Climate Statistics 
Solomon Islands

Political Reviews [Contemporary Pacific]
Solomon Islands


Protected Areas

Pacific Islands Protected Areas Portal (PIPAP) (NEW)


Protected Planet - Search the World Database on Protected Areas
Protected area profiles in Solomon Islands

Reefbase GIS data for marine protected areas in the Solomon Islands
see also GIS data for marine protected areas in the Pacific - browse by country and ecosystem

SPC Country Profiles:
Solomon Islands

SPREP Country Profiles: Exchange of Information by Members at SPREP Annual Meetings:
- Exchamge of information by Members on National Developments related to Natural Resource Management Priority of the Action Plan [2007]

see Agenda Item 6.1: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 18th SPREP Meeting of Officials in Apia, Samoa on 11th to 14th September 2007

- Exchange of information by Members on national developments related to Pollution Prevention priority of the SPREP Action Plan [2008]
see Agenda Item 8.6: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the19th SPREP Annual Meeting of Officials in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on 8–12 September 2008

- Exchange of Information by Members on National Developments Related to the Climate Change Focus Area of the SPREP Action Plan [2009]
see Agenda Item 11.2: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 20th SPREP Annual Meeting of Officials in Apia, Samoa on 17 - 20 November 2009

- Exchange of Information by Members on Year of Biodiversity [2010]
see Agenda Item 11.3: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 21st SPREP Meeting of Officials in Madang, Papua New Guinea on 6-10 September 2010
see also individual profiles for: Wallis and Futuna

Sustainable Development Profiles (UN Agenda 21)
Solomon Islands

Threatened species: Summary of species on the 2008 IUCN Red List
Solomon Islands

UNCCD Country Profiles:
Solomon Islands

UNEP Country Profiles [* poorly maintained and little information available]
Solomon Islands

Water Resource Profiles [SOPAC - Pacific water -]
Solomon Islands

see also "Pacific Regional Consultation on Water in Small Island Countries" - country briefing papers (2003)
Solomon Islands

WHO Environmental Health Profiles 
Solomon Islands

World Bank Country Profiles [country summary / statistics]
Solomon Islands / Solomon Islands

World Bank Environment indicators
Solomon Islands

World Factbook Country Profiles [CIA]
Solomon Islands

World Ocean Database 2005 [NOAA]
Geographically sorted data for the Pacific Ocean [datasets]

see also Environmental indicators: South Pacific (UNEP: 2004; 6.23mb)

see also Paciifc Biodiversity Information Forum website and databases

Asian Development Bank Country Environmental Analysis Reports
Solomon Islands (2007; 929kb)

Country Strategy Papers and National Indicative Programmes [European Union - EDF9]
Solomon Islands (2002-2007;152kb)

Country Strategy Papers and National Indicative Programmes [European Union - EDF10]
Solomon Islands (2008-2013; 2.82mb)

Disasters and Climate Variability in the Pacific Islands: WORLD BANK regional stocktake- Country Assessment:
Solomon Islands (2009; 345kb)

Least Developed Country [LCDs] reports
Solomon Islands (2004; 3.82mb)

see also 'Voices of the Least Developed Countries of Asia and the Pacific' (2005; 1.46mb)

Legislative Reviews 
Solomon Islands (1992; 22.27mb), Solomon Islands (2003; 166kb)

see also:

Marine turtle legislative reviews:
Solomon Islands (2010; 973kb)

Mauritius Strategy + 5 Review: National Assessment Reports [5-year Review of Progress Made in Addressing Vulnerabilities of Small Islands Developing States Through Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation (MSI) of the
Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) ] 

Solomon Islands (2010; 633kb)

Montreal Protocol: National Compliance Action Strategies to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Solomon Islands (2001; 595kb)

National Adaptation Plan of Action - NAPA - [Climate change]
Solomon Islands (2008; 5.01mb)

National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAP)
Solomon Islands (2009; 13mb)

National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) 

Stocktake Reports: Solomon Islands (2006; 884kb)

Thematic Assessment Reports:
Biodiversity: Solomon Islands (2006; 615kb) plus appendices

Climate Change: Solomon Islands (416kb) see also Solomon Islands (214kb)

Land degradation: Solomon Islands (2006; 567kb)

Cross-cutting Analysis: Solomon Islands (2006; 854kb)

Action Plan:
Solomon Islands 2008-2012 Pt1 , Pt2 (2008; 517kb / 260kb)

Final NCSA Report:
Solomon Islands (2008; 273kb)

NCSA Status (NCSA website)
Solomon Islands

National Climate Change Policy - NEW!!!
Solomon Islands (2012, 1MB)

National Environment Management Strategy (NEMS) 
Solomon Islands (1993; 13.12)

National Integrated Water Resource Management : Diagnostic Reports - drafts only [SOPAC]
Solomon Islands (2007; 1.93mb)

National Invasive Species Strategy

see Invasive alien species in the Austral-Pacific region: national reports and directory of resources [GISP] (2002; 3.75mb)

see also Invasives Species on Pacific Islands [reports] - HEAR / PIER project website

National [Sustainable] Development Plans / Strategies [ForumSec]
Solomon Islands National Economy Recovery, Reform and Development Plan 2003-2006 (2003; 1.36mb)

National Assessment Reports: Solomon Islands (2006; 395kb)

ADB Reports: Solomon Islands (2004; 218kb)

see also:

SPC Country Joint Country Stategies in support of National Strategies for Sustainable Development :
Solomon Islands

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [PACC] - reports, activities and PACC news updates
Solomon Islands

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [PACC] - report of in-country consultations 
Solomon Islands (2009; 189kb)

Pacific Regional Consultation on Water in Small Island Countries - Country briefings
Solomon Islands (2003; 409kb)

Pacific Regional Energy Assessment: Country Reports (PIREP) 
Solomon Islands (2004; 1.8mb)

Regional overview report (2004; 2.59mb)

Peristant Organic Pollutants (POPs): Country Plans
Solomon Islands (2003; 524kb)

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel Convention, 1989), the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam Convention, 1998) and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (Stockholm Convention, 2001) together provide an international framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals throughout their life cycles.

Sea Level & Climate: their present state: Country reports
Solomon Islands (2006; 2.07mb)

Ships' Waste Management in Pacific Islands Ports: Country reports
Solomon Islands

Solid Waste Characterisation and Management Plans
Solomon Islands (2000; 253kb) , Solomon Islands : 2009-2014 (2009;2.01mb)

State of the Environment Reports
Solomon Islands (2008; 6.07mb) Solomon Islands (1992; 4.88)

see also State of the Environment of the South Pacific 1983 (UNEP: 1983; 1.66mb)
see also State of the marine environment in the South Pacific Region (1990; 3.48mb)
see also State of the Environment of the South Pacific 2005 (2005; 382kb; see also ~ ~) 
see also Regional perspectives: Asia and the Pacific (UNEP, GEO-4. 2007; 382 kb)

see also the archive of SPREP Country Reports between 1980-1983 as follows:
Solomon Islands (1981; 271kb)

United Nations. Common Country Assessments
Solomon Islands (2002; 921kb)

see also United Nations. Development Assistance Frameworks 2003-2007:
Solomon Islands (2002; 2.75mb)

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED: Brazil, 1992)
Country Reports : Solomon Islands (1992)

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, 1992) and the Rio Declaration highlighted the need for sustainable development-socially responsible economic development that protects the resource base and the environment for the benefit of future generations. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which was one of the outcome instruments of the UNCED process, also highlights the need for conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)
National Reports: Solomon Islands 2 (2001 ; 290kb), Solomon Islands 3 (2008; 2.1mb)

see also Country profiles compiled by the Secretariat for the UNCBD.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which was one of the outcome instruments of the UNCED process, highlights the need for conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (Land Degradation) (UNCCD)
Second National Report: Solomon Islands (2002; 66kb)

Third National Report: Solomon Islands (2006; 332kb)

see also UNCCD Country Profiles:
Solomon Islands

see also UNCCD Reports clearinghouse mechanism

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is an agreement to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
(i) National Communications and In-depth Reviews
Solomon Islands (2001; 2.12mb)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC,1992) is concerned with global warming and the consequent rise in sea levels that may result in the flooding of coastal areas, and submerging islands, which could adversely affect coastal communities. The treaty aims at reducing emissions of greenhouse gas in order to combat global warming. Although the treaty as originally framed set no mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual nations and contained no enforcement provisions; it did include provisions for updates (called "protocols") that would set mandatory emission limits. The principal update is the Kyoto Protocol.

World Summit on Sustainable Development [Rio+10 - Johannesburg 2002]

National Assessment Reports: 
Solomon Islands (2002; 227kb)

Pacific WSSD Regional Assessment (2002; 91kb) and Pacific Position Paper (2004; 91kb)
see also: Synthesis Report for Asia and the Pacific (2001; 1.22mb)

The WSSD Plan of Implementation calls for the management of the natural resources base in a sustainable and integrated manner. In this regard, to reverse the current trend in natural resource degradation as soon as possible, it is necessary to implement strategies which should include targets adopted at the national and, where appropriate, regional levels to protect ecosystems and to achieve integrated management of land, water and living resources, while strengthening regional, national and local capacities.

The Johannesburg Declaration and the Plan of Implementation arising from the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD, 2002) reconfirmed the commitment of States to advance and strengthen the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development-economic development, social development and environmental protection-at the local, national, regional and global levels.

Ministerial and Department Reports

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology : Corporate Plan 2008-2010

Solomon Islands govt.

Solomon Islands Meteorological Office

Tetepare: the last wild island [Solomon Islands]
"Tetepare Island is one of the conservation jewels of the Solomons Islands. This long, rugged island cloaked in rainforest and fringed with biodiverse reefs is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific. Home to the one of the Solomon Islands' leading conservation projects and a unique, locally-run ecolodge, Tetepare is attracting visitors from around the world. "

see also:

The Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Regional Frameworks and Strategies Directory [SPREP]

SPREP Library and IRC collection [SLIC] - includes online full text access to a wide range of Pacific environment materials.

The Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Virtual Library - full text publications from SPREP, SOPAC, SPC and other CROP agencies, Pacific govt. environment depts. , regional institutions, and NGOs active in the area of environment conservation.

Pacific Environment Databases and Recommended Internet Resources

see also:

SPREP's International Instruments' webpage
"International instruments relevant to SPREP's work in the areas of Sustainable Economic Development, Ecosystems Management, Climate Change, and Waste Management."

Academic literature and research

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