TTL: Stephen Muzira (Senior Transport Specialist), Transport GP, Africa Region
A 360 approach to building climate resilience into the road sector
Geohazards such as flooding, erosion, landslides, and increase in temperature cause serious harms to transport infrastructure and the life of people in developing countries. Ethiopia is one of the countries vulnerable to those geohazards as 144,000km road network is at an increasing risk of being damaged by more frequent and more intense natural hazards. Building the resilience of the road infrastructure against these geohazards was a critical national agenda to prevent the loss of life and property and help communities recover from natural disasters quickly.
With the support of KGGTF Year 4 Grant - Resilience of the Ethiopian Roads Network - the World Bank developed a project to leverage international experience and address these problems. The project focused on three key outputs to build climate resilience in the road network: 1) Vulnerability assessment of the core road network, 2) Development of mitigation measures and action plans, and 3) Establishment of an integrated Knowledge Management System for the Ethiopian Roads Administration.
The project strengthened climate resilience of the road infrastructure in Ethiopia, built the institutional capacity for road network vulnerability assessment and climate resilience strategies, and established the integrated knowledge management platform for knowledge sharing and learning. Read more in the recently published World Bank blog (authored by WENXIN QIAO, BEZAWIT TESFAYE and STEPHEN MUZIRA) - A 360 approach to building climate resilience into the road sector.