Cook Islands: Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 50212-002

The proposed program will support policy actions in disaster risk management (DRM) and provide a source of contingent financing for timely disaster response and early recovery activities. The program is the second phase of the Disaster Resilience Program approved in December 2016 for Cook Islands to help manage the fiscal risk arising from disasters triggered by all types of natural hazards. The program is consistent with the objectives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pacific Approach, 2016 2020 which serves as ADB's operational framework for the Pacific region and as the overall country partnership strategy for the 11 small Pacific countries, including the Cook Islands. The program is also in line with ADB's Strategy 2030, which specifically mentions strengthening ADB's developing member countries' financial preparedness for disaster response through policy-based contingent financing.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Uusimaa, Hanna K.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Cook Islands
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)
Project Number 50212-002
Country Cook Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 0001-COO: Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 10.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed program will support policy actions in disaster risk management (DRM) and provide a source of contingent financing for timely disaster response and early recovery activities. The program is the second phase of the Disaster Resilience Program approved in December 2016 for Cook Islands to help manage the fiscal risk arising from disasters triggered by all types of natural hazards. The program is consistent with the objectives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pacific Approach, 2016 2020 which serves as ADB's operational framework for the Pacific region and as the overall country partnership strategy for the 11 small Pacific countries, including the Cook Islands. The program is also in line with ADB's Strategy 2030, which specifically mentions strengthening ADB's developing member countries' financial preparedness for disaster response through policy-based contingent financing.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The government has taken important steps to improve the country's resilience to disaster risks. The current National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020 provides the overarching framework for DRM strategy in the Cook Islands, and seeks to integrate disaster and climate resilience into development processes. National Development Goal 13 is to achieve strengthened resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and disasters, particularly in relation to community resilience, access to designated cyclone shelters, and the construction of public buildings and infrastructure built to cyclone-strength standards. The National Disaster Risk Management Act 2007 provides the legal framework for declaring a disaster and an emergency.

The government has identified priority activities to close DRM gaps, including reviewing the DRM legislation to reflect current and anticipated DRM needs and clarifying roles and responsibilities during emergencies; strengthening coordination; clarifying land use policy framework; streamlining the various DRM-related plans and strategies; and increasing transparency and dissemination of information to stakeholders. The proposed program will support priorities linked to these actions.

Impact Resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and natural disasters strengthened (Goal 13 of the Cook Islands' National Sustainable Development Plan from 2016 to 2020)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Effect of the Reform

Disaster resilience of institutions and communities strengthened

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Policy and institutional arrangements for DRM strengthened

Resilience of physical assets to disaster and climate risks improved

Disaster risk financing expanded

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Uusimaa, Hanna K.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
PO box 120
Cook Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Oct 2019
Fact Finding 16 Sep 2019 to 18 Sep 2019
MRM 10 Oct 2019
Approval 03 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Dec 2019

Loan 0001-COO

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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