Description: 

A project to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Dominica through investment in resilient infrastructure and improved data collection and monitoring systems.

Background:

Dominica is a small island nation in the Eastern Caribbean region that is home to approximately 72,000 residents. Though it is considered an upper-middle income nation, the poverty and unemployment rates are relatively high (28.8 percent and 12.9 percent per 2009 data, respectively). This is due in part to lack of economic diversity and persistent threats from geographic and meteorological factors, which impact the government’s ability to successfully implement development projects.

Because its interior geography is steep and rugged, much of Dominica’s population lives in low-lying coastal areas. As a result, the population has an increased vulnerability to hurricanes, storm surges, and high winds – all of which are expected to increase as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. To address a lack of climate-resilient governance, the Government of Dominica is developing programs for enhancement of resilience and institutional capacity.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project was undertaken through a partnership between the Government of Dominica, the World Bank Group, and CIF, which contributed $21 million in PPCR funding. The primary purpose of the project is to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Dominica. This will occur through infrastructure improvement, as well as updated data collection and monitoring systems. The project was begun in 2014 and will continue through mid-2020.

Four components are associated with the project, which is expected to benefit the entire population of Dominica through improved government capacity for climate adaptation. Road improvements associated with the project are expected to benefit underserved groups, including women, children, and indigenous populations based in the Kalinago Territories.

The first component will consist of improvements to infrastructure as a means of reducing physical vulnerability and increasing resilience. These improvements will include construction of water storage and distribution infrastructure, slope stabilization, and road and drainage improvements. Second, capacity building will occur through the creation of data collection systems and analytical tools. These will be used to assess future risks and integrate any completed analysis into decision making and policy planning. Third, an investment mechanism will be put in place that allows the government fast access to emergency funding in case of a major disaster. Finally, support for project implementation and management will occur through such actions as staff training, knowledge product management, and monitoring and evaluation of the project progress and results. This will ensure that the project remains sustainable, and that its long-term benefits continue to be provided to the population of Dominica.

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 | Concept Note | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on March 6, 2014 (Approved Decision
Approved amount(s):
USD 12.0 million (grant funding)
USD 9.0 million (concessional loan)
USD 245,000 (MPIS Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (March 5, 2014)
Dominica (May 12, 2014)