Publication: Enhancing Road Resilience in Pacific Island Countries: World Bank Assisting Adaptation to Climate Change
Michaels, Sean David
Pacific island countries are experiencing higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather that is increasingly frequent and intense. The resulting damage has likewise been extreme. Between 2012 and 2015, for example, losses from three cyclones ranged from 11 percent to 64 percent of GDP in Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. In many of these countries, primary roads and critical infrastructure are adjacent to the coast, and the majority of the population lives within 1 kilometer of the sea. Expected climate change effects will place coastal assets and communities at a higher level of risk. Governments are well aware of these challenges. Today, more than one-fourth of the World Bank’s transport commitments support mitigation and adaptation to climate change (a share that is growing), and its work with Pacific island countries is one of the ways it is responding to the rising demand for climate action. The demand from Pacific island countries in recent years has focused on road resilience, and early lessons will provide a strong basis for further progress.
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“Michaels, Sean David. 2015. Enhancing Road Resilience in Pacific Island Countries: World Bank Assisting Adaptation to Climate Change. Connections;No. 28. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/25009 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”