Understanding Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States

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Understanding Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States

You have probably read or heard the news about the impact of natural disasters in island countries in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, and the Indian Ocean regions.

How well do you know their situation, especially with regard to the transport infrastructure?

Do you know how these small island developing states are coping with the challenges of climate change?

Do you know how natural disasters are impacting infrastructure asset management and asset resilience strategies in these small-island developing states?

The “Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States: A Call for Action 2017 by Maria Cordeiro is an excellent resource that provides the context and a comprehensive understanding of this situation and the future challenges faced by these countries.

The report focuses on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are island states located across the world in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, and the Indian Ocean regions.

The report features, among others, the following:

  • Unique vulnerability of small island developing states to natural disasters and climate change impacts
  • Managing these vulnerabilities and enhancing resilience
  • Factoring disaster and climate change in transportation asset management
  • Case studies

Our opinion is that this report is well worth your time to read, and we would encourage you to review the report and gain access to the valuable insights offered in the report.

Report Authors

Maria Cordeiro is a Senior Transport Specialist at the Transportation and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank.

Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States
Maria Cordeiro

Maria contributes to the Green Transport Community of Practice in the identification and deployment of low-carbon and climate resilient transport solutions; as a focal point on GHG accounting and climate co-benefits for the transport sector; supporting access to climate finance; in the preparation of knowledge products on green transport.

Maria has over 20 years of international work experience in the fields of climate change, air quality, and sustainable mobility. Prior to joining the Bank, she was a Section Manager at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, in UAE. Maria also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Resources Institute, and other international institutions.

Maria has a Global MBA from IE Business School, an MSc on Integrated Environment Control from Nottingham Trent University, and a BSc Honors in Energy and Environmental Technology from the University of Glamorgan in the UK.


Frederico Ferreira Pedroso is currently a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist at the World Bank.

Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States
Frederico Ferreira Pedroso

In his role, Frederico provides technical advisory support for DRM activities ranging from Risk Identification, Risk Reduction, Disaster Preparedness, and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance. In Brazil, his engagement includes projects in the Transport Sector in São Paulo (Highway resilience) and Rio de Janeiro (Climate Change Impacts on Urban Transport), Water Sector (Espírito Santo and Ceará), Private Sector (Rio Grande do Sul) and Public Management (Paraná and Bahia).

In the Caribbean, Frederico has been working in a lending operation in Belize in improving climate resilience in the Transport Sector as well as developing Technical Assistance in Jamaica to estimate the impacts from natural hazards into the Transport Networks.

He is engaged in the World Bank’s Urban Resilience in Brazil and Bolivia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a Civil Engineer for a private firm in the State of Goiás, a consultant in the field of transport in Brasilia and as an assistant professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Frederico holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical University of Goiás (former Catholic University of Goiás), a Masters in Transportation from the University of Brasilia (UnB), a PhD in Civil Engineering (Transport and DRM Focused) from the University of Canterbury and a Post-doctorate in Urban Logistics and Humanitarian Logistics from Kyoto University in Japan

To read the full report, please click on the link below to access the PDF copy.

“Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States: A Call for Action 2017 by Maria Cordeiro

SOURCE: “Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States: A Call for Action” October. Washington, DC: World Bank.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: The report and the authors’ images are used with permission.

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