Vanuatu: Vulnerable coastal areas receive climate-proofed buildings

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Epi is the latest island to be provided climate proof buildings for the use of government departments and communities. The construction of the building is part of a UNDP-supported, GEF-LDCF funded project, "Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Project (VCAP)," which is working to build resilience through improved infrastructure, sustained livelihoods, and increased food production.

The main purpose of the building is to provide climate-proofed offices, where in the past there were no permanent offices. The building will also double as evacuation centres for vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, women and the elderly.

VCAP Coordinator, Noel Jacob says, foundation works on the Rovoliu building in Epi is underway and two sites identified to receive new buildings in Pentecost and South Santo are close to completion.

Coastal communities have contributed to the construction and provided free sand, coral and water for these new facilities in the respective local area councils. The Provincial Governments of Shefa, Penama and Sanma are also providing funding to cover labour costs.

Site coordinator, Basil Mael says, the communities on Epi were so happy to see the progress of the climate proof building and were looking forward to its completion.

The handing over of these new facilities to the responsible government departments is set for September 2017.