As the impacts of climate change begin to be felt around the world, some of the most severely affected places are coastal communities in small island developing states such as the Marshall Islands. Parts of Ebeye Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, are heavily populated, and this means that retreating from coastal erosion isn’t possible for the atoll’s inhabitants—there’s simply nowhere else to go.
Acknowledging this challenge, the government of the Marshall Islands has partnered with World Bank Group, international firm Royal HaskoningDHV, and FCG New Zealand to design, procure, and supervise construction of improved coastal protection infrastructure on Ebeye Atoll—Ebeye Coastal Protection Engineering Design and Construction Supervision (including Safeguards and Procurement Technical Assistance).
Designing and constructing coastal protection is a complex process with many factors to be considered. In this project, FCG New Zealand will take the lead in the areas of social and environmental safeguards. This means that we will undertake research to ensure that the project’s impact on the environment and the people of Ebeye is kept to a minimum and that steps are taken to mitigate any impacts. This is a vital component of a project such as this one, and FCG New Zealand looks forward to taking on this responsibility.
FCG New Zealand is highly experienced in supporting and delivering coastal protection projects. In the Pacific, we have recently delivered environmental and social impact assessments for a coastal protection project in Tuvalu. And we have just completed supervision of a major coastal protection infrastructure project in Southern India, which involved nature-based and community-driven coastal protection initiatives.
Such experience means that FCG New Zealand is well placed to deliver the required services for the proposed coastal protection project in the Marshall Islands, and we look forward to working with and supporting the people of Ebeye in building the climate-resilience of their islands.