Green Climate Fund (GCF) Samoa

Brief Project Description


As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Pacific, Samoa has been heavily impacted by increasingly severe tropical storms. Given the topography of the country, these extreme events have caused significant river discharge that results in flooding of lowland areas. Recent tropical storms like Cyclone Evan have caused floods resulting in serious health impacts and significant damage to both public and private assets. The resulting damages have been estimated at US $200 million. Urban infrastructure has suffered considerably and is expected to further degrade as extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. 

The objective of this project is to strengthen the adaptive capacity, and the reduce exposure to extreme weather events of vulnerable communities, infrastructure, and the built environment in the Vaisigano River Catchment area. This is the river that flows through the Apia Urban Area (AUA)

The project represents the GoS’s initial steps in operationalizing a comprehensive flood management solution. It has three major outputs: 

(a) Assessments and mechanisms in place for an integrated approach to reduce vulnerability towards flood-related risks

(b) Infrastructure in the Vaisigano River are flood-proofed to increase resilience to negative effects of excessive water

(c) Drainage in downstream areas upgraded for increased regulation of water flows.

In conjunction with GoS co-financing leveraged for this project, GCF resources will be used to address a number of key technical issues including infrastructure; capacity and information based barriers to enhancing the effectiveness of flood management systems. The primary direct beneficiaries include approximately 26,528 people in the Vaisigano river catchment area and 37,000 people indirect beneficiaries.   


UNDAF / Country Programme Outcome

UNDAF Goal 1: By 2017, the most vulnerable communities across the Pacific Island Countries and Territories are more resilience and select government agencies, civil organization and communities have enhanced capacity to apply integrated approaches to environmental management, climate change, adaptation/mitigation and disaster risk management.   

UNDAF Goal 3: Enhanced inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction through improved and increase sustainable employment, livelihood opportunities and food security for women, youth and vulnerable groups. 

UNDAF Goal 5: Regional, national, local and traditional governance systems are strengthened, respecting and upholding human rights, especially in line with international standards. 


UNDP Strategic Plan Output

Output 1.4:  Scaled up action on climate change adaptation and mitigation cross sectors which is funded and implemented.

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