Belize Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Assessment for Improved Road Management Phase II

Context and Objectives

The road network in Belize is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters due to budgetary constraints, indicating the need to invest in management processes and maintenance routines.

Furthermore, hazard and risk have not been adequately incorporated into road designs and this, coupled with inadequate preventive maintenance and rehabilitation, results in unsafe road conditions during flooding events, and also exacerbates road closures periods. With 70 percent of the population living near primary and secondary road networks, flooding of one section of roadway can cut access and severely disrupt the flow of economic activities and response in post-disaster situations. The Government has therefore prioritized the transport sector in their medium-term investment planning, considering its vulnerability and socio-economic importance. 

The main objective of this ACP-EU NDRR project is to support Belize in improving its management of road infrastructure assets by building institutional capacities with the aim of reducing disaster and climate risk vulnerability in Belize.

Main Activities

  • Component 1: Identifying best practices in road asset management. The objective of this activity is to produce a comprehensive analysis on existing road maintenance procedures. 
  • Component 2: Developing a roadmap to integrate the update of the Roads Condition database into the daily tasks of Ministry of Works (MoW). A systematic methodology for the MoW to update the database will be developed.
  • Component 3: Providing technical support to national and district level officers. This activity aims at having a roadmap for updating the Roads Conditions Database.
  • Component 4: Creating a process to integrate climate and disaster risk into road management and maintenance. The project will explore the integration of traffic forecasting as well as economic and population area condition forecasting to determine future possible scenarios which would inform the national planning process.

Results

A pilot exercise for qualitative research was conducted, which included meetings with stakeholders from the Ministry of Works and the University of Belize. This exercise was intended as a tool to understand the priorities and importance of resilience from vulnerable communities. 

A Literature Review is currently being developed to assess suitable options for the Road Asset Management system that would be adaptable to Belize’s economic and cultural context. The aim of this assessment is to evaluate opportunities to integrate technologies into the current road asset management process. 

The Road Maintenance Management System consultancy procurement package has been reviewed and will be used by the Ministry of Works to serve as an information management system to manage road asset data. 

Partnerships and Coordination

The project is implemented by the World Bank with key government counterpart institutions including the Ministry of Works.  Activities are also coordinated with other relevant national and local actors, including Social Investment Fund and Ministry of Natural Resources.
 

Country
Region
  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $100,000
Duration
  • 08/2019 - 09/2020