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Beyond Barriers: Vanuatu Case Study

This case study is part of the ongoing HAG and World Vision Beyond Barriers research into the integration of DRR and CCA programming in the Pacific.


Vanuatu is considered very likely to experience increasingly frequent and severe disasters, especially due to the growing impacts of climate change. It is ranked as the country with the highest disaster risk according to the 2021 World Risk Report. It is also often cited as leading the way in the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) policies and strategies. It has been argued that Vanuatu is an excellent case study of practical implementation of the integrated Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP).

This case study explores Vanuatu’s progress in integration of CCA and DRR, identifying key themes and opportunities for stakeholders to advance approaches that reduce risk and enhance resilience at the community level in Vanuatu.