Overcoming data scarcity in disaster-prone areas is often pointed as a challenge. Technological progress, however, is quickly creating new ways for governments and development agencies to overcome data scarcity. In Belize, the World Bank has partnered with the government to develop an innovative approach and inform climate-resilient road investments through the combination of creativity, on-the-ground experience, and strategic data collection. This was done through the ACP-EU NDRR “Hazard and Risk Assessment Framework for Belize: Prioritization of an Investment Plan” project in Belize, presented as an example of good practice for addressing data scarcity.
The 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.
More information can be found on an article published on the World Bank website on 25 July 2017 The link to the article is available here: http://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/climate-and-disaster-risk-transport-no-data-no-problem