National Early Warning System Program (IADB-EC-L1221)

  • Ecuador
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Specific Location
6 provinces
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  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 8, 2017
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Government of Ecuador
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  • Climate and Environment
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 12.45 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 15.30 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Nov 11, 2016

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Project Description
The general objective of the program is to strengthen the national early warning system for tsunamis and riverine floods. The specific objectives are as follows: (i) to strengthen national monitoring, forecasting, and alert capacities for tsunamis and riverine floods; and (ii) to improve community capacity to understand and respond to such alerts. The identified priority area of intervention encompasses 119 communities in 6 provinces (El Oro, Esmeraldas, Galápagos, Guayas, Manabí, and Santa Elena). Background: In recent years, the Bank has approved seven projects (three loans and four technical cooperation operations) in the area of disaster risk management in Ecuador.24 Of these, four projects—one loan (1707/OC-EC) and three technical cooperation operations (ATN/MD-11327-EC, ATN/OC-11386-EC, and ATN/JF-15752-EC)—focused on prevention and strengthening of local capacity, including support for an “Early Warning System and Natural Risk Management” for Cotopaxi and Tungurahua Volcanoes under loan 1707/OC EC. The three remaining operations (EC-X1014, 3751/OC-EC, and ATN/OC-15539-EC) were aimed at financing response and rehabilitation activities following the April 2016 earthquake. Under a contingent credit facility (EC-X1014), US$160 million was disbursed to provide immediate support to the government for responding to the emergency in the energy, health, and water and sanitation sectors, and for removing debris, etc. In September 2016, financing of US$19.7 million was approved under the immediate response facility (3751/OC-EC) for the ongoing rehabilitation of roads and water and sanitation infrastructure. The proposed program complements the aforementioned operations and aims to strengthen the EWS to improve disaster prevention.
Investment Description
Component 1. Strengthening of the national monitoring and forecasting network (US$5.35 million) Component 2. Strengthening of the alert system and community response capacity (US$9.71 million) Program management, administration, audits, and evaluation (US$0.24 million).

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