Green Climate Fund Samoa project launch and Inception workshop

Aug 21, 2017

Participants of the Global Climate Fund Samoa project launch and Inception workshop, 21 August 2017, Apia. Photo credit: UNDP/N.Vaa/2017.

The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Development Program has launched the Green Climate Fund Samoa project & Inception workshop.

The main objective of this Workshop was to officially launch the GCF Samoa Project on “Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience for the Vaisigano River Catchment” with overall aim to strengthen the adaptive capacity, and to reduce exposure to extreme weather events of vulnerable communities, infrastructure, and the built environment in the Vaisigano River catchment area. The workshop will also present the project work plan and prioritized activities for the GCF Samoa Project.

The project represents the initial steps of the Government of Samoa 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 is 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 the Government of Samoa co-financing leveraged for this project, GCF resources were used to address a number of key technical issues including infrastructure, capacity and information based barriers to enhance 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 as indirect beneficiaries.

The project will be implemented over the next 6 years. It was funded with US$57,717,748 from the GCF Trust and co-financed by the Government of Samoa and partners providing US$8 million. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Finance through their Climate Division as the main partner. Other partners, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Health, Samoa Water Authority  and Electric Power Corporation will deliver specific components of the project.

The project is in line with the national Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2017-2020 “Accelerating Sustainable Development and Broadening Opportunities for All”.

Contact information

Litara Taulealo, ACEO CRICDU  Tel: (685) 34347  email:                          
Yvette Kerslake, UNDP MCO Samoa Programme Officer, Tel:    (685) 23670 Ext 54; email:

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