In response to the devestation
caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam (TC Pam) in 2015, the World Bakn has provided
US$ 50 million to Vanuaut to help finance the Vanuatu Infrastructure
Reconstruction and Improvement Project (VIRIP). The objective of VIRIP is to reconstruct and/or improve the
disaster and climate resilience of selected public-sector assets in provinces
impacted by Tropical Cyclone Pam, and to provide immediate and effective
response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.
The Project has a Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC), which
the Government can use for emergency response and early recovery, following a
rapid impact and needs assessment and based on an Emergency Action Plan for the
use of CERC funds.
This grant will
that the mechanism and steps required for activation of the project’s CERC are
clearly understood and can be implemented successfully by the Government of Vanuatu once
activated. In addition, it will ensure that these mechanisms are well
integrated in the Disaster Recovery Framework being developed under the
project, thus helping
Vanuatu be better-prepared to more quickly and effectively recover from
disasters and build resilience.