The Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) Solomon Islands is funded by World Bank and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) since 2016. The objective of the program is to strengthen the shared management of selected Pacific Island oceanic and coastal fisheries, and the critical habitats upon which they depend.
There are three components to the project: Component 1: Sustainable Management of Oceanic Fisheries; Component 2: Sustainable Management of Coastal Fisheries and Component 3: National Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Component 1: Sustainable Management of Oceanic Fisheries: The program aimed at implementing a range of activities aimed at strengthening the management of Pacific’s region’s purse seine and long-line tuna including:
(a)Strengthening the capacity of MFMR for sustainable management of shared tuna; and
(b)Carrying out a program of activities designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of MFMR
Component 2: Sustainable Management of Coastal Fisheries: which involved
(a)Carrying out a program of activities designed to support MFMR to sustainably manage defined coastal fisheries and;
(b)Carrying out a program of activities designed to support the linkage of coastal fish products to regional markets, such program to include identification of key domestic fisheries development projects with linkages to regional markets and review current trade practices.
Component 3: National Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation: Carrying out a program of activities designed to strengthen the capacity of MFMR for Project Management and Implementation, including for financial and procurement, monitoring and evaluation and safeguards.
In March 2018, an International Development Association (IDA) visited Honiara. The mission met with various stakeholders including Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Minister of Finance and Treasury and their respected Permanent Secretary and Under Secretary.
The objective of the mission was to restructure the Project, in consultation with the Government, to do the following: (1) right-size the Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI) budget envelope, and, (2) prioritize activities to be financed under Components 1 and 2 to improve project performance and alignment with Government’s strategic and sector priorities.
A critical part of the restructure process, is the revision of the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and the development of the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM). The purpose of this ESMF is to guide project implementing agencies on the environmental and social screening and subsequent assessment of country-specific project activities during project preparation and implementation. This is to ensure that potential adverse environmental and social impacts that may be generated as a result of each project/phases are identified, and appropriate safeguard instruments are prepared to avoid, minimize, mitigate and, in such cases where there are residual impacts, offset adverse environmental and social impacts. The GRM on the other hand outlines the process of managing and resolving grievances when they arise as part of project implementation.
The attached ESMF and the GRM have been reviewed with the management of MFMR and have been endorsed. They will now guide the implementation of the Project till September 2020.