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As a small island developing state in the Pacific, Samoa has been heavily impacted by increasing severe tropical storms.
"Every year when the rainy season comes we live in worry. Worry about the harvest, worry if we can travel...Sometimes I need to go shopping for food and supplies but I can't because a landslide has blocked the road". To help communities cope with the impacts of climate change , in 2012 the Government of Viet Nam began working with the UN Development Programme and Asian Development Bank on a GEF-funded project, ‘Promoting Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Northern Mountain Provinces of Vietnam’.
Lauala new water supply system is one of the 11 water supply interventions provided by the UNDP project, 'Strengthening the Resilience of Small Scale Rural Infrastructure (SSRI)' in the most vulnerable villages in Baucau, Ermera, and Liquiça municipalities of Timor-Leste. Conducted between 2015 and 2017, the project contributed to the achievement of SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. Now, the newly installed water system in Lauala village is providing clean and more efficient water supply for more than 1,400 beneficiaries.