VAISIGANO CATCHMENT PROJECT
About the Project
Reducing flood-related risks by strengthening national mechanisms and capacities, flood-proofing infrastructures and upgrading drainage in downstream urban areas
Shifting to a more climate-resilient future
As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Pacific, Samoa has been heavily impacted by increasingly severe tropical storms. Given the topography of the country, these extreme events have caused significant river discharge that result in flooding of lowland areas. Recent tropical storms like Cyclone Evan have caused floods resulting in serious health impacts and significant damage to both public and private assets and lives and have suffered considerable and is expected to further degrade as extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. The resulting damages following Cyclone Evans in 2012, have been estimated at US $200 million.
The Government of Samoa (GoS) through the Ministry of Finance (MoF), as the Executing Agency (EA) is benefiting from a Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project, “the Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience of the Vaisigano River Catchment Area (VRCA) in Samoa”, referred to as the Vaisigano Catchment Project (GCF-VCP), which started in 2017 for six years.
The objective of the GCF-VCP is to strengthen the adaptive capacity, and reduce exposure to climate risks of vulnerable communities, infrastructure and the built environment in the VRCA. Vaisigano River is the river that flows through the Apia Urban Area (AUA).
The GCF-VCP represents the GoS’s first GCF approved multi-sectoral project, one of the largest of its kind and represents the GoS’s initial steps in operationalizing a comprehensive flood management solution with a total budget for six years of USD$ 65 million which co-funded with the GCF contributing USD $57 Million and the GoS providing USD $ 8 Million. It has three Major Outputs:
- Assessments and mechanisms in place for an integrated approach to reduce vulnerability towards flood-related risks
- Infrastructure in the Vaisigano River are flood-proofed to increase resilience to negative effect of excessive water
- Drainage in downstream areas upgraded for increased regulation of water flows
In conjunction with the GoS co-financing leveraged for this project, GCF resources will be used to address a number of key technical issues including infrastructure; capacity and information based barriers to enhancing the effectiveness of flood management systems. The primary direct beneficiaries include approximately 26,528 people in the VRCA and 37,000 people indirect beneficiaries.
The GCF-VCP is executed by the MoF, the Executing Agency (EA)/National Designated Authority (NDA), with the UNDP as the GCF Accredited Entity (AE) with multi- stakeholders and Implementing Agencies (IAs) comprising of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) and the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The thirty one villages prioritized and included in the VRCA and will benefit from the activities funded under the GCF-VCP are as follows:
- Afiamalu East
- Aai o Niue
Output 1: Assessments and mechanisms in place for an integrated approach to reduce vulnerability towards flood-related risks
Output 2: Infrastructure in the Vaisigano River are flood-proofed to increase resilience to negative effects of excessive water
Output 3: Drainage in downstream areas upgraded for increased regulation of water flows
Project Cycle and Milestones
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