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 enhances the resilience of selected communities to disaster risk and assist them in adapting to climate change. This project is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Main Activities

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 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. 


  • The IOM raised in February 2018 awareness about the project with Ebeye's (Republic of the Marshall Islands) leaders to make joint decisions.
  • In collaboration with the IOM “Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education”(CADRE) Program, 851 students were reached in a campaign to increase the capacity and awareness of climate-change related events and adaptation practices among youth. 
  • The National Disaster Management Office was supported in the planning and coordination of the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2019, focusing on School Emergency Preparedness, in Majuro and Ebeye with 13 schools participating.
  • Participatory risk mapping & planning of community based climate and disaster risk resilience actions were conducted in 18 communities (more than the 10 original target) to build community awareness around disaster and climate risk.
  • A beneficiary survey was conducted to collect baseline data, gauge public opinion and solicit information on community early warning systems.
  • Evacuation center maps for 8 communities were produced and geo-tagged through a community participatory method  to help communities better prepare for disasters and take action during disaster events. 
  • A training on ArcGIS was also conducted for the National Disaster Management Office and Marshall Islands Conservation Society to ensure that key stakeholders are kept involved in the production of the community maps. 

All activities under this project to enhance the resilience of communities to disaster risk and assist in adaption to climate change have been completed. 

Partnerships and Coordination

The project was implemented by the International Organization for Migration and supervised by the World Bank. Coordination was ensured with Host Governments, international regional partners, local civil society, and other Disaster Risk Management stakeholders.

  • Pacific
Window of Action
  • Window 1
Amount approved
  • $720,000
  • 02/2017 - 07/2020