The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) officially launched in September 2014 with the establishment of a Project Coordination Unit (PCU). The PCU is charged with the responsibility of implementing the various activities under the DVRP.
The DVRP is funded by the World Bank, International Development Association (IDA), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The total approved financing is US$39.5 million.
The main objective of the project is to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Dominica through investments in resilient infrastructure and improved hazard data collection and monitoring systems.
The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) comprised of an twelve (12) member team as follows:
- Project Coordinator
- Procurement Specialist
- Procurement Assistant
- Financial Management Specialist
- Project Engineer
- Monitoring & Evaluation/Communications Specialist
- Environmental Specialist
- Social Safeguards Specialist
- Administrative Assistant
The PCU is guided by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) which is chaired by the Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Health & Environment, under which the Unit falls. The Ministry of Health & Environment is the technical lead for coordination amongst agencies in the Project, and is also responsible for overseeing the PCU including the day-to-day execution of activities and project development.