Country Dominican Republic
Region Latin America
Duration Start 30 September, 2019 till 30 September, 2024
Field of expertise Developing Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities
Policy field(s) Public investment
Urban and Town planning
Housing
Natural Disaster management
Partners IDOM
Funding European Investment Bank (EIB)
Project code 11415
The geographical location of the Dominican Republic in the Antilles region inevitably exposes it to recurrent natural disasters of meteorological origin. In fact, the accumulated damages caused by cyclonic activity, rains and tropical storms of the last 25 years have been very significant. In the last 20 years, the Dominican Republic has been hit by 24 atmospheric phenomena that have caused millionaire economic losses, hundreds of deaths, river overflows and floods. In the last few years, this situation has been aggravated by the unusual force that these phenomena have acquired, causing material and personal damage to increase significantly.
The Government of the Dominican Republic requested the assistance of the EIB to develop and finance a climate-change resilient initiative that would include resettlement of the most vulnerable populations affected into secure areas close to its livelihoods. The initiative is be focused on climate/earthquake resilient infrastructure, particularly housing and related infrastructure (including in some cases health and education basic infrastructure), water and sanitation, access roads, bridges and support to the development of sustainable livelihoods.

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is to restore livelihoods, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to disaster risk in the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte. Specific outputs are as follows:
i) To improve access to services in rural areas by rehabilitating roads and bridges in the secondary and tertiary network of the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte.
ii) To contribute to improve spatial development planning and incorporate climate change adaptation and resilience in municipal infrastructure in the Dominican Republic, particularly roads, bridges and housing of the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte.
iii) To contribute to increasing access of vulnerable communities to climate resilient housing in the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte.
iv) To improve resilience of social infrastructure to flooding events in the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte.

The Technical Assistence operation has two specific objectives:
1. Build Institutional Capacity of the executing agencies and other relevant institutions in spatial development planning and delivering climate change resilient municipal infrastructure by:
i) Supporting selected municipalities to develop and approve spatial municipal development strategies and municipal infrastructure investment plans that integrate environmental considerations and climate change adaptation best practices.
ii) Building the capacity of the General Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation (DIGECOOM) Project Management Unit (PMU) and the Project Executing Units (PEU) of MOPC and INVI to manage infrastructure investment projects in accordance with national legislation and international best practice on environment and climate change adaptation.
iii) Improve risk prevention by increasing climate change risk awareness of planning authorities and local communities and increasing knowledge of risk based design considerations of MOPC.
iv) Strengthened road safety procedures and improve maintenance of roads and bridges by MOPC
2. Assist DIGECOOM and the executing agencies in the appraisal and implementation of EIB financed subprojects to support the reconstruction of the provinces of Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat and Duarte by:
i) Preparing in consultation with DIGECOOM, executing agencies and end users, a pipeline of infrastructure investment projects and carrying out its appraisal in accordance with EIB finance contract conditions in order (this includes carrying out required technical, social and environmental due diligence). Eligible sectors are: roads and bridges in the secondary and tertiary network ; investments in flood control and flood prevention; basic service infrastructure; and piloting four resilient housing projects for vulnerable populations. The four pilot resilient housing projects should be developed in a comprehensive way and may include other investments into hydraulic and road works to ensure its viability. These investments are to be prioritized over other investments.
ii) Supporting the project PMU as well as the respective PEU of the executing bodies (Ministry of Public Works and Communication and National Housing Institute) with the implementation and monitoring of selected infrastructure investments in accordance with conditions set in EIB financing contract. Support the PMU and PEU among others with, quality assuring engineering designs, implementing social and environmental plans, managing procurement processes, managing the supervision of civil works, and monitoring and reporting on project activities and project results.