Haiti - Enhancing disaster risk reduction and urban resilience in Cap Haïtien

Context and Objectives
Cap-Haïtien is the second largest city in Haiti, with approximately 274,000 inhabitants and an annual growth rate of more than five percent. The agglomeration is extremely exposed to natural hazards, including floods, hurricanes, earthquake and tsunami. Most notably, it suffers from recurrent floods causing loss of human lives and important damages to infrastructure and residential dwellings. 
With this context, this project aims at supporting the Government of Haiti (GoH) in the integration of critical aspects of disaster risk management (DRM) into municipal development and urban resilience activities in Cap-Haïtien. The objective is to strengthen the technical capacity of the Ministry of Public Works in planning and conducting flood risk reduction measures in Cap-Haïtien, including large hydraulic engineering works and non-structural risk reduction measures in urban watersheds, including green infrastructure initiatives.

Main Activities

  • Component 1: Support to the delivery of flood risk reduction. This component aims at (i) strengthening the technical capacity of the Ministry of Public Works in planning and conducting flood risk reduction measures in Cap-Haïtien; and (ii) supporting the delivery of flood risk reduction activities, including sediment management, environmental management and technical design of dredging. 
  • Component 2: Support collaboration in DRM between local stakeholders. This component aims to strengthen collaboration between local authorities and the local community-based civil protection committees, on activities such as integrating DRM in municipal planning tools, project identification, as well cross cutting support.

This project is in its inception phase.

Project activities are supporting the World Bank Municipal Development and Urban Resilience Project Project in Bassin Rhodo in Cap Haïtien.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project is implemented by the World Bank with key government counterpart institutions: the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities, the Ministry of Public Works, and the six municipalities in the metropolitan area of Cap-Haïtien targeted by the Project. Activities are also coordinated with other relevant national and local actors, including Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, and with the regional departments of these ministries in Cap-Haïtien.

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $200,000
  • 05/2019 - 07/2020