Haiti: Emergency bridge reconstruction and vulnerability reduction project

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WASHINGTON, November 18, 2008 - The following project was approved yesterday by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors:

IDA Grant: US$20 Million Dollars

Project Description: Emergency Bridge Reconstruction and Vulnerability Reduction Project for Haiti aims to restore access on selected critical points of the Haitian transport system, and ii) support vulnerability reduction by strengthening the Haitian National Disaster Risk Management System. In addition to the emergency reconstruction of selected infrastructure, the proposed program is expected to contribute to vulnerability reduction. In particular, the project will pilot integrated approaches to reducing the impact of future adverse natural events by developing improved technical standards for bridges, promoting the preventive maintenance of infrastructure and building basic institutional capacity to handle future disasters.