Walolyn Hamata Mamau recently joined the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury as the Climate Change Finance Officer.
Walolyn’s core responsibility is to support the establishment of a Climate Finance Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, including support towards National Implementing Entity accreditation for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury. She comes with experience and knowledge in finance and project management having worked with the United Nations Development Programme Solomon Islands Country Office.
Her appointment has been helped by support from the USAID Institutional Strengthening for PICs to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Project jointly implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
The establishment of a climate finance unit in the Ministry of Finance, and progressing National Implementing Entity accreditation of the Ministry of Finance to the Green Climate Fund are key recommendations of the recent Solomon Islands Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment report.
As the climate change finance officer, Walolyn is part of the country team working to enhance Solomon Islands’ access to, and management of, climate change finance. Walolyn’s work will be closely guided by the recommendations of the Solomon Islands Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment, in terms of addressing the key challenges related to accessibility and management of climate change and disaster risk finance. Walolyn’s role will also involve strengthening coordination amongst key climate finance stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, the Ministry of Development Planning & Aid Coordination, and other relevant line ministries and stakeholders.
With the impacts of climate change and disasters having significant implications for sustainable development in Pacific Island Countries, financing is an important element of the response to climate change and disaster risk management.
The Solomon Islands Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment led by the Forum Secretariat and partners (USAID/SPC ISACC Project, SPC, DFAT/GIZ Climate Finance Readiness of the Pacific Project and UNDP) is part of the regional response to directives by Pacific Leaders and Economic Ministers to support Pacific island countries to enhance their access to, and management of, climate change finance.