Integrated coastal zone management in the road infrastructure for Epi Island, Vanuatu

  • Vanuatu
  • Pacific

ENTRY DATE: 09.03.2012 | LAST UPDATE: 09.03.2012


  • Sub-national Level



  • Project Implementation


  • Coastal Zone Management


  • USD 500,001 - USD 1,000,000

Description of Intervention

This project focuses adaptation interventions on increasing the resilience of coastal roads, resources and human settlements to the impacts of climate change in Epi, Shefa province of Vanuatu. National roads around Epi are expected to suffer from increased precipitation and flooding, intense wave action and coastal erosion because of sea level rise caused by climate change.

Problems to be Addressed

Parts of national roads around Epi Island have been subject to damage from past extreme events, and need to be upgraded or re-laid.


Enhancing, and where necessary, reconstructing the approximately seven kilometres of road sections which have been significantly damaged/affected by erosion, storm surge and tropical cyclones


• Participatory design and costing of road relocation taking into account measures to adapt to the effects of climate change and appropriate roadside vegetation cover to enhance stability and resilience;
• To demonstrate the decision system model developed in an actual climate-proofing scenario for Epi;
• To determine what is known about the possible effects of climate and sea level change, possible adaptation to these effects and the resultant vulnerabilities in Vanuatu; identify gaps in knowledge in determining climate and sea level change effects, adaptation options and vulnerability; and identify national needs and priorities to prepare for climate and sea level change;
• To develop a mainstreaming methodology; and
• To forma Mainstreaming Team to work with key government sectors to mainstream climate change issues into key sectoral plans and policies.

How it fits into the EbA concept

This project will assist the Government of Vanuatu and key stakeholders in the island of Epi to develop their capacity to design roads resilient to risks posed by climate change. It will also encourage multi-stakeholder decision-making for better road infrastructure in view of the changing climate.