PRESS RELEASE – The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), launched in December 2014, is a US$68 million dollar initiative undertaken by the Government of Saint Lucia, in conjunction with the World Bank.
The project aims to considerably reduce Saint Lucia’s risk to natural disasters in an era of climate change.
A critical component of the DVRP is a Climate Adaptation Financing Facility-CAFF. The US $5 million facility is expected to be managed by the Saint Lucia Development Bank, SLDB.
The CAFF’s main goal is to provide loans at concessional interest rates to Saint Lucian households and businesses to undertake risk reduction measures.
In other words, households and businesses are expected to build resilience to the impacts of climate change with funds obtained from the CAFF.
As a part of a systematic approach to gathering information for crafting the CAFF, 1500 households have been surveyed. In its ongoing effort to ensure that the CAFF meets its objective, the GOSL, in collaboration with the World Bank, has agreed to undertake a Structural Assessment Survey.
This survey will seek to analyze the structural integrity of homes, vis-a-vis their ability to withstand climate-induced natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
Data amassed from the survey will be used to complement information already collected from an earlier conducted household survey to ensure that the CAFF is ultimately designed to meet the needs of those whom it intends to benefit.
At a workshop on Monday, June 29, students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, SALCC—who will be charged with conducting the Structural Assessment Survey (alongside enumerators from the Central Statistics Office), were briefed on climate change, dress code, and survey protocol.
Come next week, the students will receive hands-on training from World Bank officials to use geo-referencing technology that will allow for easier collecting and storing of data whilst conducting the survey.
500 of the 1500 households that previously participated in the initial household survey, will be selected to take part in the upcoming Structural Assessment Survey scheduled to commence on Saturday, July 15, 2015.
The project proponents request the kind assistance and support of the general public in this venture.