The World Bank has approved an additional 8.27 million US dollars to fund ongoing transport and coastal infrastructure in Samoa.
Transport and coastal infrastructure development is being approached within a broader framework of emergency and risk management.
The funds will be used to provide gap financing for road and bridge works in the capital city of Apia and other areas that are part of the ongoing Second Infrastructure Asset Management Program.
These include improving the traffic flow and safety in the Apia urban area; providing remote road access and reducing the impact of floods; and training for all villagers on the islands of Upolu and Savaii on tsunami awareness.
It also includes reviewing the national hazards early warning system, assessing national earthquake risk and continued support for the use of Coastal Infrastructure Management Plans.
In Samoa, coastal infrastructure is a priority because more than 80 per cent of the country's economic activity and population are concentrated in coastal areas which are vulnerable to natural hazards, the impact of climate change and comprise fragile ecosystems.