Saint Lucia: Measurable Reduction of Disaster Risk Specific to Public Infrastructure

Context and Objectives
The project initially focused on supporting the Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) to better understand disaster risk affecting public infrastructure, to use this information for the development of a comprehensive risk reductions strategy, and to monitor risk levels over time.
Following meetings with the GoSL, the duration of the project was extended to June 2020 and the scope of the project adjusted to address the following key national priorities:

  • Enhancing the resiliency of the housing sector;
  • Fostering knowledge sharing around resilient urban development;
  • Strengthening resilient social protection systems. 

Main Activities
Following the extension and the change in scope, the project consists of three components:  

  • Component 1: Enhancing the resiliency of the housing sector, by developing geographic data on the vulnerability of households to withstand wind hazards;
  • Component 2: Fostering knowledge sharing around resilient urban development, through south-south knowledge exchanges;
  • Component 3: Strengthening resilient social protection systems, by using information on vulnerable housing to better target the social protection system

During the first phase of the project, the following results were achieved, among others: 

  • landslide risk assessment component tools were developed;
  • a workshop on landslide risk assessments was delivered to key national geotechnical engineers;
  • a comprehensive earthquake risk analysis was finalized;
  • a review of risk and hydrology data and drainage infrastructure was completed;
  • a computerized inventory of transportation assets was delivered;
  • a multi-hazard framework was developed.

Following the extension of the project and a change in the project scope, the following results have been achieved to date: 

Component 1: 

  • The project funded in part the development of a housing inventory that contains information such as height, roof type, roof shape, roof slope and ground slope for buildings in the cities Castries, Dennery and Gros Islet. The information will be used to assess the quality of the building and estimate how resilient each roof will be if a hurricane was to hit. This, in turn will inform Government policies and strategies. 

Component 2:

  • The project funded the participation of one participant from Saint Lucia to the XXVII General Assembly of Ministers and High-Level Authorities in Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), where participants shared experiences and solutions. In addition, the World Bank Group’s Resilient Housing Strategy was shared during the event, and issues of key relevance for the Caribbean highlighted.

Component 3:

  • A technical report was finalized on the ability of the existing safety net tool (the Saint Lucia National Eligibility Test Instrument, SL-NET) to identify poor households and potential beneficiaries for social programs. 
  • Based on this report, a revised version of the SL-NET was developed to better meet current needs, and policy recommendations were provided to enhance resilient social protection. 
  • Trainings on the SL-NET were delivered to Government officials: in August 2018 to 12 Government officials, and in October 2018 to 18 Government officials.

Partnerships and Coordination
The World Bank team has established strong working arrangements with three key sector ministries – the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, and the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal – as well as the National Disaster Management Organisation.
The EU is updated on a regular basis regarding the progress of project implementation. 

  • Caribbean
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $1,300,000
  • $1,500,000
  • 02/2016 - 06/2020