Vanuatu to include future climate change impacts in roading projects

New Vanuatu Road Design Guide builds climate resilience into nation's road network. Photo: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP

Future roading projects in Vanuatu will now have to consider the projected impacts of climate change.

The new Vanuatu Road Design Guide was a joint project between Climate Information Services for Resilient Development Planning in Vanuatu (VanKIRAP) and the Vanuatu Public Works Department (PWD).

The new guide incorporates the projected impacts of future climate change into the nation’s official manual of road construction. This will allow PWD’s road engineers to factor in projections for extreme rainfall and sea level rise into the planning, construction, and maintenance of the nation’s road network.

In a ceremony on Friday, September 8, at PWD headquarters, the PWD director Henry Worek accepted the updated Vanuatu Road Design Guide from VanKIRAP consultant Robert Hardy, who produced the guide, together with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) director Montin Romone, and VanKIRAP’s Project Management Unit’s Moirah Matou.

PWD’s acting principal road engineer Nathan Tabi said the new guide “will be a huge help to Vanuatu’s road maintenance”.