Over 2,500 People in Tanna and Tongoa have access to Safe Water

Water projects completed by the IRCCNH (Increasing Resilience to Climate Change and Natural Hazards) project through the Ministry of Climate Change were handed over to communities of Tanna and Tongoa by the Honourable Minister of Climate Change, Ham Lini Vanuaroroa, from August 22-23.

Over 2,500 people will benefit from increased access to safe water owing to the installation of five rain harvesting systems on Tanna, benefiting an estimated 1,800 people, while an estimated 1,700 people will benefit from three gravity-fed water systems on Tongoa.

The projects on Tanna were coordinated by the local water officer while projects on Tongoa were delivered by IRCCNH subcontractor, Israid.

The delegation joining Minister Ham Lini Vanuaroroa to mark the handing over of the completed projects comprised of the Director General, the Director of Meteorology and Geo-Hazards, the Director of Water Resources, the World Bank representatives and other respective officers within the Ministry of Climate Change.

The IRCCNH project focuses on interventions in targeted areas of East and West Tanna, Sola in Vanualava and Tongoa-Shepherds to help increase community resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and natural hazards such as disasters.

The IRCCNH project is jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the European Union (EU) and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), and administered through the World Bank Group.

For more information about the IRCCNH project please contact Florence Iautu, Project Management Unit, Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation on 24686.

By Project Management Unit, Ministry of Climate Change