Stories of Impact: Prioritizing climate resilient transport in Belize

Report
from GFDRR
Published on 03 Nov 2016 View Original

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Safe roads and reliable transportation are critical in the event of a natural disaster. The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), along with the World Bank, has been working closely with the Government of Belize to increase the climate resilience of the road network and manage disaster risk by identifying priority investments.

Through an innovative methodology that includes participatory processes and advanced data collection and analysis, the Government is informing targeted investments from international donors, including a $30 million Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project through the World Bank – part of a transformative shift towards a strategic, cost-efficient investment approach to climate and disaster risk in Belize.

RESULTS:

  • Engaged 35 agencies to build climate resilience in the transport sector.

  • Identified four critical regions with the highest flood susceptibility for climate resilient interventions.

  • Developed a Road Network and Asset Database – a first in Belize’s history – to ensure road planning and maintenance is risk-informed and more efficient.

  • The methodology developed and piloted in Belize has been shared with transport and disaster risk specialists in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific to inform future resilient transport efforts globally.