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

Sub-national Level

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


09 March 2012



Project Implementation


Coastal Zone Management


USD 500,001 - USD 1,000,000



Climate Change Section, Department of Meteorology, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP)

Supporters / Donors

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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.

Results / Outputs

• Plans and programmes that incorporate climate risks in coastal zone management;
• A multi-stakeholder decision-making system for relocation of road infrastructure in isolated coastal communities (with co-financing support); and
• Reconstruction and relocation where needed of affected sections of roads in Epi Village.

Lessons Learned

Mainstream climate change risk considerations into planning procedures, especially in major infrastructure projects

Upscaling / Outreach Activities

• Multi-stakeholder assessment exercises in other parts of Vanuatu to assess vulnerability of coastal roads and design specifications to weather the impacts of climate change; and
• Training in development and use of a multi-stakeholder decision making model based on environmental and socioeconomic considerations for climate-proofing coastal infrastructure.

Contact Details

Mr Jotham Napat

PACC Focal Point / Implementing Partner

Acting Director General

Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities

(also) Chair of the Vanuatu Advisory Council on Climate Change

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Mr Willie Watson

National PACC Coordinator

Public Works Department
Tel:+678 22 888/ 774 4638 Fax: +678 24 495

Private Mail Bag 9044,

Port Vila, Vanuatu