The Samoan Road network is critical to the country’s economic development, providing remote communities with access to life saving social services and commerce. The Samoa road network faces a range of vulnerability issues including:
Communities already content with frequent outages across the road network due to frequency of these events. Vulnerable locations are often rendered impassable due to flooding, debris deposit, culvert, bridge, and pavement damage.
Approximately 70 percent of Samoa’s population lives within one km of the coast with critical infrastructure, (such as hospitals, schools, places of employment, tourist infrastructure, port facilities, power plants, airports, and roads) all located primarily in this coastal zone. Expected climate change effects such as the combination of rising sea levels and more intense tropical cyclones, will place these coastal assets and communities at even higher risk.
The Government of Samoa worked with donors to support its climate change initiatives and requested assistance from The World Bank through the Enhancing the Climate Resilience of the West Coast Road (CRWCR) project. SMEC’s role was to support the project goals by preparing a detailed assessment of road transport vulnerabilities and develop a robust strategy to increase climate resilience across the road network.
To support the goals of the CRWCR project, SMEC was appointed to assess asset conditions and then develop an appropriate strategy to help the road network adapt.
Climate Change and Natural Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Road Network Adaptation Strategy
The Government of Samoa, The World Bank