Description: 

A project for the purpose of reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Saint Lucia.

Background:

Saint Lucia is an upper-middle income small island state with an economy primarily based in tourism. Home to approximately 170,000 people, this island nation has seen substantial and continued growth in the past decade. However, in the same time period, a number of setbacks have taken place, primarily in the form of extreme weather events. Such events are expected to grow in frequency and intensity as climate change impacts in the region are realized.

While Saint Lucia is making progress towards social equality, the most recent Country Poverty Assessment (2005), estimated the number of residents living below the national poverty line to be 28.8 percent. While efforts to improve social conditions are underway, a high degree of risk to natural disasters remains. To address these concerns, Saint Lucia is partnering with various organizations and other Caribbean nations to formulate long-term planning for climate resilience.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project was begun in 2014 as a partnership between the Government of Saint Lucia, the World Bank Group, and Climate Investment Funds. The project will take place over the course of five years, and will receive $27 million in PPCR funding. Direct beneficiaries of the project will encompass the entire population of Saint Lucia, as the project’s main objective is to improve capacity building at the national level. Additionally, the project will reduce the risk of key infrastructure failure, and improve the national understanding of risk for informed decision-making.

Five outcomes are associated with the project. First, infrastructure improvements will be for the purpose of reducing flood and landslide risks. These will take the form of flood control infrastructure, road improvements, retrofits of emergency shelters, rehabilitation of water supply infrastructure, and retrofit of schools and health centers.

The second component will consist of technical assistance for improved application of disaster and climate risk information. New data will be collected, including flood and erosion mapping, and monitoring networks will be established.

Third, a climate adaptation financing facility will be created for provision of a means of pre-emptive climate adaptation for Saint Lucian households. The Saint Lucian Development Bank will serve as the primary lender, and other retail banks will later be added. This component will emphasize equitable provision of financing across all socio-economic and gender groups.

Fourth, an emergency fund will be established to allow for rapid response and re-allocation of project financing in the case of an emergency.

Finally, project management and implementation support will ensure sustainability through provision of technical advisory services, staff training, operating costs and acquisition of goods.

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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 | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on April 15, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 12.0 million (grant funding)
USD 17.0 million (concessional loan)
USD 237,500 (MPIS Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (April 14, 2014)