Republic of Marshall Islands and Federal States of Micronesia: Community Vulnerability Mapping
Context and Objectives
The Community Vulnerability Mapping in Republic of Marshall Islands and Federal States of Micronesia project, awarded under the Program’s second call for proposals in December 2014 to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launched in February 2017. The project aims to enhance the resilience of selected communities to disaster risk and assist them in adapting to climate change.
The scope of the project activities includes risk mapping and planning of community investments to facilitate increased community resilience to meet adversities posed by climate change.
Planned activities include for example facilitating the design of effective Early Warning Systems, geo-tagging of and evaluating the risks posed to public buildings such as schools and hospitals, and providing support to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to develop a holistic community-based DRM strategy.
Having experienced a delay at the start of the activities, the project is now being implemented. Results achieved to date are:
- The IOM raised in February 2018 awareness about the project with Ebeye's (Republic of the Marshall Islands) leaders to make joint decisions for the projects.
- Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping and Early Warning System assessments are planned for 10 communities. In April 2018, assessments were conducted for Boui (Republic of the Marshall Islands), with the participation of 17 community member.
- Technical data collection and relevant consultations have begun to facilitate the design of an effective regional and national early warning system as well as an evaluation of public buildings, such as schools and infrastructure. This data will be published on open source mapping platforms to facilitate rapid response and future investments in risk mitigation.
Partnerships and Coordination
The project is implemented by the International Organization for Migration and supervised by the World Bank. Coordination is ensured with Host Governments, international regional partners, local civil society, and other Disaster Risk Management stakeholders.