Strengthening the policy and regulatory framework for Disaster Risk Management in Tuvalu

Context and Objectives
Tuvalu is located in an area with frequent tropical cyclones bringing damaging winds, rains, and storm surge usually between the months of October and May. In 2015 Cyclone Pam displaced 45 percent of the population of Tuvalu. The wind speeds associated with these cyclones can generate moderate to severe damage to buildings, infrastructure, and crops with significant economic losses.  While no significant earthquakes have been recorded in Tuvalu in recent history, it is surrounded by the Pacific “ring of fire” and as such is exposed to tsunamis. 
This project provides technical and analytical support to the relevant Ministries and agencies to review existing Disaster Risk Management (DRM) policies, plans, and regulations, potential gaps, and identifies priority reform actions for the Government. These activities would lead to enhanced capacity for implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan for Climate Change and DRM.

Main Activities

  • Component 1: Disaster Risk Reduction Policies and Regulations. This component assists the Government with analysis of current policies and regulatory frameworks, and identifies areas where strengthening and harmonization is needed for effective DRM, particularly risk reduction.
  • Component 2: Resilient Disaster Recovery. This component supports policy dialogue and targeted technical inputs to the Government’s review process for the 2008 National Disaster Act, the 2012 National DRM Arrangements, and national contingency plans.

This project is in its inception phase.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project is implemented by the World Bank in close collaboration with relevant line Ministries and stakeholder agencies. 

  • Pacific
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $200,000
  • $0
  • 05/2019 - 07/2020