TORs for Hazard Data Collection

     

    Saint LuciaProposed Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project

    Terms of Reference

    Identification and collection of existing hazard and risk information

    1. Introduction

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Saint Lucia has requested the World Bank for assistance to develop a project that will contribute to the reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards in Saint Lucia. The proposed project will be part of the regional disaster vulnerability reduction Program for the East Caribbean Region, along with Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) who recently processed their programs, and Dominica, which will come in under the third phase of the regional Program.

    In addition, Saint Lucia has been selected as a pilot country to be part of the Climate Investment Fund's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), a multi-donor Trust Fund program which provides some Grant and highly concessional loans to pilot countries to implement adaptation activities. Under the PPCR process, Saint Lucia prepared and presented to the Donors a strategic document, the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience outlining an adaptation investment plan that would be financed with PPCR funding. The government of Saint Lucia has requested that the disaster vulnerability reduction project (DVRP) and the PPCR program be processed as a single project, co-financed with IDA Credit and PPCR grant and concessional loan.

    The DVRP which aims to measurable reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts in Saint Lucia will include various activities related to institutional strengthening and training as well as the execution of various civil works to retrofit or protect national assets. More specifically, the proposed project will consist of five components, namely: (i) prevention and adaptation investments (rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and new construction of disaster mitigation structures such as river defense walls, etc); (ii) technical assistance for hazards and risk evaluation and application, and hazard data management for improved decision-making; (iii) emergency response investment contingency fund mechanism; (iv) climate adaptation financing facility; and (v) project management and implementation support.

    2. BackgroundSaint Lucia, like the other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), is prone to a multitude of natural hazards such as storm surges, hurricanes, tropical cyclones, landslides, drought, etc. Its vulnerability can be attributed to a) its location in some of the highest risk areas of the planet, such as mid 

     

    ocean ridges with strong volcanic and seismic activity, tropical cyclone belts, and direct exposure to the forces of the oceans; b) its small geographical area, which accounts for the fact that disasters take country

    wide proportions; and c) the fact that it is dependent on few sources of income, in the agricultural sector or in tourism, for a substantial part of its gross national product (GNP). These sources of income have been severely reduced for months by a single catastrophic event. Another critical factor which highlights Saint Lucia’s vulnerability is its limited capacity to reactivate the development process. The fragility of ecosystems, coupled with limited human resources, often preclude any possibility of developing and implementing meaningful disaster

     

     

    mitigation programmes.These natural hazards have a strong impact on the island’s transport systems, its critical social buildings/facilities, the safety of the population as well as on the functioning of the society.

    3. ObjectiveThe purpose of this consultancy is to identify, collect and characterize available hazard and risk information related to earthquakes, hurricanes/storms, river floods, coastal flooding including storm surges and tsunamis, sea level rise, and volcanic eruptions.4. Scope of WorkIdentification and collection of hazard and risk related information in the form of reports and maps as well as geographic information (for details see Annex 1):1. 

     

    Identification and collection of existent hazard and risk information related to earthquakes, hurricanes/storms, river floods, landslides, coastal flooding including storm surges and tsunamis, sea level rise, and volcanic eruptions (documents, technical reports, maps, geospatial information etc.)

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    Creation of a database (table) listing and describing the existent information related to hazards and risks (documents, technical reports, maps etc., for the structure of the database refer to Annex 2; the database will not include the collected geographic information)

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    Creation of metadata for each geographic information file. Metadata according to standards as specified by the institutions responsible for the respective GeoNode1 have to be applied and moreover the World Bank standards for geospatial information have to be fulfilled2

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    1 GeoNode is an open source platform that facilitates the creation, sharing, and collaborative use of geospatial data. In each of the countries a GeoNode is under creation or has already been established.2 Contact person for all GIS data, metadata and GeoNode related issues is Jim Joseph5. Products/Deliverables1. Copies of the documents and maps, as far as possible in digital format.2. Database listing all the available reports and maps (not including the geographic information files) including a description of each of them (see Annex 2 for specifications on the required description).3. Handing over of the geographic information to the responsible institution for entering it into the national GeoNode.6. QualificationsBachelor's degree in Civil engineering, Earth science or similar disciplines with at least 3 years of experience in hazard and risk evaluations as well as geographic information management.7. DurationThe assignment will be for 30 days and is expected to begin in May 2012.
    Annex 1: Specification of information to be collected Documents  Documents DocumentsGeographic information 
    Historic events and impacts Reports, newspaper articles, inventories, conversations with institutions related to natural hazards 

     

    Damage assessment mapsCensus of affected personsEtc. 

     

    Time series and inventories Databases with descriptions(Primarily listing and description of existent information, collection is not necessarily required)  Monitoring network shape files etc. 

     

    Hazard and risk studies (consultancies) Technical reports and maps 

     

    Hazard or risk information shape files 

     

    Documents/maps with official character (Institutional/official information) Technical reports and maps 

     

    Hazard or risk information shape files