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Study for the improvement of rainwater management and protection of gullies in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes and Jérémie

Infrastructure engineering
Environment and Water resources

Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
Country: Haiti
Period: 2021-2023
Client: Delegation of the European Union in Haiti
Amount: EUR 739,680

Several cities of the Republic of Haiti are crossed by gullies that have grown in importance over time. These gullies used to surround these cities, but anarchic urbanization has caused not only their magnitude in terms of flood flow but also their presence in the heart of the cities, especially Port au Prince, Les Cayes and Jérémie. Moreover, the vulnerability of these cities is amplified by the absence of drainage infrastructures that could instead contain the risk of flooding.

The general objective of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the Stormwater Management component and the protection of gully banks, and consequently the stabilization of the riverbeds of the cities benefiting from the URBAYITI program. The URBAYITI program aims to promote the economic and social development of Haiti and contribute to the resilience of the population through the improvement of the management and quality of life of the cities. This programme, financed by the European Union to the tune of 52.5 million euros, is spread over a period of four years and affects several municipalities in the country, including Port au Prince, Jérémie and Les Cayes, the beneficiary municipalities of this project.

For each of these, the specific objectives are as follows:

  1. Carrying out general hydrological studies on the scale of the catchment areas of the gullies and rivers concerned, and identifying drainage needs for future interventions;
  2. Carrying out specific urban hydraulics/drainage studies for the sites of intervention: Preliminary Summary Projects, Detailed Preliminary Projects and preparation of tender documents ready to be launched for the works.



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