A project to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a small island developing state in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. While most of the population lives on Saint Vincent, the Grenadines are a series of minor islands that are home to smaller segments of the population. All of the islands are relatively low-lying, and are therefore vulnerable to various risks associated with climate change, including increased storm frequency and intensity, storm surges, and loss of life and property.

To address a lack of climate resilience and capacity, the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has recently taken steps for policy development to increase climate resilience and enhance institutional capacity. Additionally, initiatives are underway that would increase regional resilience through creation of programs that support the Eastern Caribbean Sub-region as a whole. This project supports development of both national and regional methods of disaster risk reduction and climate resilience.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project was initiated in 2011 as a result of a partnership between the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the World Bank Group, and CIF. Initial financing of $10 million in PPCR funds was provided by CIF, and this was later followed up with additional financing in the amount of $5 million. The project is part of the Regional Disaster Vulnerability and Climate Risk Reduction Program in the Eastern Caribbean, which also includes the nations of Grenada and Saint Lucia.

The main objective of this project is to implement a package of infrastructure projects and technical assistance activities. The end result of this implementation will be heightened national-level capacity for integration of climate resilience into development planning. The project is divided into four components, and at its completion, is expected to result in safer infrastructure, less vulnerable communities, better water resources management, safer coastal areas, and improved bases of knowledge for both government organizations and the population as a whole.

The first component will concentrate on infrastructure and building improvements for the purpose of increasing resilience. In particular, three geographic areas that are vulnerable to climate risks (two watersheds and one island) will be improved with a broad spectrum of interventions in order to determine best practices, which will then be implemented nationwide.

Second, regional platforms for hazard and risk reduction will be created through the regional aspect of this project. This will result in better decision making and building practices based on disaster risk mitigation, climate risk adaptation, and disaster response planning.

Third, an emergency recovery and rehabilitation mechanism will be implemented to allow the government ease of access to funds after an adverse natural event.

Finally, long-term management and implementation of the project’s end results will be ensured through capacity building and institutional support.

IBRD Project Portal

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | Letter from the Government of SVG | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on October 1, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 5.0 million (grant funding)
USD 100,000 (MPIS First tranche)

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)
Approved on February 19, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 100,000 (MPIS Second tranche)