USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Builds Capacity on the Economic Analysis of Climate Change Projects in the Pacific


19 November 2014

Mr. Mafulele of the Samoan Water Authority wants to design the most cost-effective solutions for climate change adaptation in his country. “One of the inland villages in Upolu doesn’t have reliable access to drinkable water and this is a problem especially during droughts periods, particularly if these increase with climate change. We want to understand which option will be the most appropriate to bring water to these communities,” states Mr. Mafulele. Over, 30 participants from different ministries of Samoa participated in the cost benefit analysis training held in Apia, Samoa November 17-19. The training exposed participants to theory and practice, helping participants understand how to quantify the risks posed by climate change, and how to use cost-benefit analysis to decide which adaptation measures to adopt. The training includes Case Studies to give each ministry an opportunity to apply their learning to a real project. Case studies ranged from the analysis of a proposed seawall by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, to the assessment of economic costs and benefits of a water improvement project being assessed the Water Authority. Mr. Josie Chan Ting of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment remarked that, “All we usually consider when we assess projects is the financial costs. We don’t take into account other impacts. I am looking forward to using the training to assess these other values so that we can finish our project based on evidence”. The Cost Benefit Analysis training was hosted by Samoa’s Disaster Management Organization and delivered in partnership by the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community through the Pacific Cost Benefit Analysis Initiative.  Similar training will be held next week in Vanuatu. Please contact USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific for further information.