Solomon Islands

This project, Community-led Adaptation Pathways in the Solomon Islands Project (CAPSI), is a partnership between World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Solomon Islands, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, CSIRO, Plan International Australia and Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT), funded by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) between 2018-2020.

Our intent was to support multi-stakeholder livelihood co-production planning and adaptation in Solomon Island communities. We developed and tested a set of guidelines, developed for community facilitators and local adaptation practitioners to take back to their communities and develop and implement their adaptation plans.


The  workshop involves six steps: 1) identifying drivers of change for livelihoods; 2) developing shared visions for community livelihoods; 3) scoping possible futures for livelihoods under different scenarios of change; 4) identifying existing community adaptive capacity; 5) determining priority no-regrets actions and strategies to achieve the community vision and 6) mapping the pathways of decisions and actions needed to implement the actions and strategies.

The process can be completed in a workshop of 3-40 participants, mostly working in smaller groups and completed in 2½ to 3 days. Key terms are defined in English and Solomons Pidgin (livelihoods, drivers of change, adaptive capacity, no regrets strategy, adaptation pathways). The workshop design is intended to encourage participative learning to create options for adaptation of livelihoods in a productive, engaging, safe, equal and enjoyable environment. It can be adapted for use with communities working on livelihood adaptation in a range of different contexts and settings.

Further reading

Butler JRA, Colloff MJ, Makini R, Hilly Z, l Namo J, Michie K, Cordeiro L, Barua R, Pitakaka J, Drillon M, Folasi K, Quity G, Pita S (2018) Livelihood Adaptation Pathways Planning Workshop Guide. 2018: Solomon Islands. CSIRO, WWF, Plan International, Australian National University, Solomon Islands Development Trust, Canberra.