Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM - formally known as the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology) is the result of a merge and upgrading between Solomon Islands Meteorological Service and the Environment and Conservation Division of the Ministry of Forestry. The merge took place in 2007 and the Ministry was originally called the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Meteorlogy. In 2010 the Ministry changed became the MECDM when the Climate Change Division was incorporated to promote issues of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The MECDM is the national focal point for the UN-REDD Programme, the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Ministry is primarily responsible for protecting the environment, through the formulation of policies and enforcement of existing environmental legislation, with an extended role towards disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Solomon Islands.