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Pacific countries are the most exposed on the planet to the impacts of climate change and severe weather events, and when transport infrastructure is hit by these events – communities feel the brunt; often meaning they’re disconnected from loved ones and vital services.

The World Bank’s Pacific Climate Resilient Transport Program – which covers eight projects in six countries – is upgrading transport infrastructure to help make Pacific communities more resilient to climate change.

Dive into the stories and meet the people involved across the Pacific.

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Adapting to a new climate reality in the Pacific
The Pacific, home to over two million people, grapples with climate change, increasing vulnerability in communities and infrastructure. The World Bank's Pacific Climate Resilient Transport Program works with nations to enhance resilience to extreme weather and climate change.
Fisherman building back from Tonga's tsunami
In 2022, a massive volcanic eruption caused a tsunami that severely impacted Tonga, including 'Eua island. The World Bank is now upgrading infrastructure through a program, aiding communities like Christopher Vaohea's, Chairman of 'Eua island's Fishing Association, to rebuild and resume normal life.
Tonga's path to climate resilient infrastructure
Tongans unite to mitigate the impact of recent natural disasters. Local contractors, such as Jean Malupo Veilofia and her family business, are upgrading roads, maintaining crucial skills and income within the community. This approach leverages local knowledge, fostering long-term resilience by providing opportunities for Tongan workers to respond and rebuild after disasters.
Building Roads and Bridging Gender Gaps in Samoa
Samoa has just 27% female licensed drivers. The World Bank partners with Samoa's Land Transport Authority to boost women's driving licenses. Upgraded infrastructure motivates, with 63-year-old grandmother Olevia Afa among those passing their learner's test.

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