PCRAFI Country Note Vanuatu

Date created: 15 April 2020
This date indicates the date the dataset metadata was created on Pacific Data Hub.

Vanuatu is susceptible to a variety of both hydrometeorological and geophysical disasters due to its location in the South Pacific tropical cyclone basin and the Pacific Ring of Fire./// Hydrometeorological hazards include tropical cyclones, floods, and droughts, whereas geophysical hazards include volcanoes, earthquakes, and resulting tsunamis and landslides. ///Sixty-three percent of recorded disasters in Vanuatu have occurred in the provinces of Malampa and Torba, where over a quarter of the population resides (SPC-SOPAC 2011)./// The rural population is largely dependent on subsistence agriculture, which is adversely affected by natural disasters. According to the latest national census, the population of Vanuatu is estimated to be 234,023, with 80 percent of residents living in rural areas that are spread across 80 islands in six provinces—Malampa, Penama, A number of options to improve DRFI in the future are presented for consideration in this note:

(a) develop an integrated disaster risk financing and insurance strategy;

(b) develop a post-disaster budget execution manual to minimize the loss of institutional knowledge should personnel leave DoFT; and

(c) explore the use of contingent credit

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Additional Info

  • World Bank
  • 2015-02-27T15:01:23Z
  • d7d32226-c15a-11e4-9cf3-0050569e0007
  • Pacific Risk Information System
Member countries Vanuatu