The Dominica government is said to be in “an advanced stage of discussion ” with the World Bank for a part loan, part grant of close to EC$ 100 million to fund the country’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).
According to Minister for the Environment, Natural resources, Physical planning and Fisheries Dr. Kenneth Darroux, the (SPCR) was approved by government in 2012.
He said that the traditional ways of addressing climate change and environmental issues were really not producing the results that the government wanted, and therefore, a reformulation of ideas on climate change issues was viewed as a development issue rather just isolated change in climate.
The program will be addressing key issues in various parts of the island and is expected to begin in May 2014.
Some of the projects which will be given priority are:
-Pont Casse to Bois Diable road at EC$ 7.4 million
-Bois Diable to Castle Bruce road at EC$ 7.3 million
-Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere road at EC$ 13.7 million
-Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden road at EC$ 15.8 million
-Dubique Phase I Cliff Stabilization and Road works EC$ 11.9 million
-West Coast Water Project Storage Tanks/Water Inventory EC$ 8.1 million
-Capacity Building for Adaptation to Climate Change EC$ 3.78 million
-Formation of Spatial Data Management System EC$ 4.725 million
-Improving, expanding of climate change & Seismic Monitoring Network EC$ 0.976 million
-Agroforestry, food security & soil stabilization EC$ 6.074 million, Sustainable Land Management EC$ 1.63 million
-Construction of Storm Drains EC$ 5.285 million,
-Project Preparation Advance (PPA) EC$5.434 million
-Contingency Component for Emergency Response EC$2.717 million
This adds up to a total of EC$94.821 million.
The financing allocation for Project Management and Monitoring during implementation will cost EC $4.74105 million, according to Darroux.
The Minister also mentioned that a grant of EC$ 5 Million will be made available for the setting up a project management unit and will also involve the processing of the project package to be submitted to the World Bank.
The EC$ 5 Million will also be used for the purchase of equipment, vehicles, as well as a working team to get the program started, Darroux noted.
“We have been allocated funding from the climate investment fund in the amount of US$ 21 Million, of which US$ 12 Million is grant financing and US$ 9 Million is what you call highly concessionary financing,” he said.
Darroux mentioned further, that financing of US$17 Million is expected to come from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), which is a regional project being undertaken by the world bank which is running simultaneously with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
“So we are talking about a total investment package of US$38 Million approved by cabinet,” he pointed out adding that this investment package will seek to begin addressing the deficiency that was identified in the strategic program of climate resilience.
“I am confident that the implementation of this project will show the world, that the people of Dominica stand ready to play our part and that the international community, they stand ready to do the same,” he added.
The project is expected to be done over a 4-5 year span, and was a continuation of a process which started a few years ago when the PPCR was launched and Dominica was chosen as one of six pilot countries in this part of the world. The aim was to produce a strategic document that would point this country towards climate resilience.