Feasibility study, basic design and link to finance for NbS / hybrid infraestructure in Vila Mar, a low-income community in Salvador/BA, to promote climate adaptation

Potential climate/ disaster impacts addressed by approach & Justification for approach:

Due to its location on a peninsula, its rough topography and extreme weather events, 45% of Salvador's residents live in (climate) risk areas. Vila Mar I and Vila Mar II are two low-income neighborhoods located in Salvador’s hilly terrain. They are unprotected against flooding and landslides, with many buildings not following zoning and construction guidelines.

Process of Implementation:

The CFF provides cities with technical assistance to develop finance-ready low carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure projects. The project in Salvador is one of projects that is currently receiving support until 2024. The city has developed concrete adaptation measures outlined in a Structural Action Plan (Plano de Ações Estruturais, PAE) to address climate risks in these two neighbourhoods. The PAE can be considered a pre-feasibility study. The adaptation measures outlined in this study are a mix of green, blue, grey and hybrid infrastructure solutions, incl. water retention areas, natural riverbed rehabilitation, soil-strengthening vegetation, green areas for infiltration and shading and paved slopes. Based on the PAE, the CFF’s role will be to detail these measures in a feasibility study, enhance the adaptation approach through co-benefits and cost-benefits analysis and to identify suitable financing sources for the construction of these measures. Capacity Development of the officials from the municipality is also predicted to promote the replication of the project.

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