The Caribbean Regional Air Transport Connectivity Project (CATCOP) is a Series of Project (SOP) financed by the International Development Association (IDA) which aims to support the extensive and long-running regional agenda for improving overall air transport connectivity and resilience. CATCOP is currently under preparation in three countries (Haiti, Dominica, St. Lucia) and is considering the participation of two additional countries (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada) to support country-specific critical investments and technical assistance related to airport infrastructure, safety, and resilience. The investments are expected to generate significant cross-boundary benefits and network effects through a uniform approach to improve air transport connectivity and resilience.

The Technical Assistance to the Caribbean Regional Air Transport Resilience Project aims to enhance the resilience of air transport across the region. The Project will complement CATCOP’s existing framework and planned activities by promoting introduction of resilience-building measures into the selected countries’ air transport regulation and policies.

 

Main Activities

  • Gap analysis in air transport resilience.
  • Technical assistance and capacity-building in air transport resilience
  • Support for the drafting of Terms of Reference for the vulnerability assessment of targeted airport infrastructure in Haiti, Dominica, and Saint Lucia.
  • Data collection, testing, and support to drafting Terms of Reference for the feasibility study of resilient pavement in selected airport infrastructure in Haiti, Dominica, and Saint Lucia.

 

Results

In Saint Lucia, several activities have advanced including: (i) a vulnerability assessment of targeted airport infrastructure, including an analysis of information being used for airport infrastructure resilience planning and improvement; and (ii) a design and supervision study for airfield infrastructure improvements of the Hewanorra International Airport. In Haiti, technical assistance is being provided to the contracting authority of the Ministry of Public Works to carry out the management, design, procurement and supervision of activities of the CATCOP project.

 

Partnerships and Coordination
The activities in this project are implemented in close coordination with the World Bank-funded CATCOP, and from a local perspective with the regulatory and airport authorities in Haiti, Dominica, and Saint Lucia.

 

Caribbean Regional Resilience Building Facility component  

Adaptation Facility for Leveraging Investments in Resilience in the Caribbean