Belize: Hazard and Risk Assessment Framework - Prioritization of an Investment Plan

Context and Objectives
The objective was to identify and prioritize mitigation investments in order to support the preparation and implementation of the investment program in Belize. This process was informed through coordinated hazard and disaster risk assessments based on specific sectoral needs.

Main Activities
The project activity was channelled through three main components:

Component 1 Geo-Spatial Data Inventory and Gap Analysis:

  • Advancing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Initiative. 
  • Updating the socio-economic and disaster spatial datasets

Component 2 Hazard and Disaster Risk Assessments:

  • Developing a guidance book for the Multi-Criteria Evaluation Process.
  • Sharing knowledge with the Transport Global Practice

Component 3 Capacity Building on Hazard and Disaster Risk Assessments.  

Results
The Hazard and Risk Assessment Framework for Belize: Prioritization of an Investment Plan project, launched in June 2012 and implemented by the WB with the Ministry of Economic Development, closed in June 2016. The project achieved to:

  • advance the National Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative;
  • update and hand over the socio-economic and disaster spatial datasets to government stakeholders; and
  • develop a guidance book for the Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) Process.
A closing event took place in June 2016 to summarize project results, hand over all spatial data and analysis results, present data visualizations on the Belize GeoNode, extract lessons learned, and discuss how the MCE process could be replicated in decision-making across sectors.
 
The World Bank is continuing to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Works, Transport, and the National Emergency Management Organization to ensure sustainability and improvement of MCE related outputs and outcomes into the development and implementation of combined Transport Asset.
 
Partnerships and Coordination
The team worked in close collaboration with the key counterpart in the Ministry of Economic Development, as well as the technical line ministries to enhance the disaster risk management and climate resilience capacity in Belize.
 
Country
Region
  • Caribbean
Priority area
  • Risk identification and assessment
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $1,144,461
Co-financing
  • $0
Duration
  • 06/2012 to 06/2016