Volume 21 Issue 4, 2006

Moving Beyond the Quagmire: Solomon Islands DRM Legislation Project

Nina Kessler

Peer-reviewed Article

Archived Article


The Solomon Islands drafted its first National Disaster legislation in 1989. Since then, disaster risk management has transformed in theory and focus, expanding beyond a relief and recovery orientation to include government and non government planning and strategizing to reduce overall vulnerability. For the Solomon Islands this shift has not been reflected in the legislations until now. This paper documents the process the National Disaster Council and National Disaster Management Office is undertaking to incorporate the new Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Mandate into Solomon Islands governance.