Climate Resilience and Adaptation Options for São Tomé and Príncipe Transport Sector Development and Coastal Protection

Realized in São Tomé and Príncipe

Ensuring the resilience of Sao Tome and Principe’s 1,300 km road network is vital in the face of climate change impacts. The roads, crucial for tourism, construction, and agricultural distribution, are susceptible to sea level rise, coastal erosion, and landslides, posing direct damage and service disruption risks.

The challenge

With limited funds, the maintenance budget only covers 860 km, making targeted investments essential. The Guadelupe-Neves-Ponta Furada section, particularly vulnerable, serves as the sole connection to the Neves fuel depot. Safeguarding this transport network is critical for economic development, access to essential services, and overall resilience.

The approach

Our approach was to identify, assess, and prioritize adaptation measures, including asset and disaster management solutions, to mitigate climate hazards’ impact and ensure climate-resilient road refurbishment investments. Key part of the overall assessment was a cost benefit analysis outlining the economic impact of the adaptation measures proposed and the development of a financial rational.

The goal was to provide GCA, the World Bank and local stakeholders with comprehensive information to justify additional funding for investing in climate resilience for this road investment project.


We contribute to safeguarding the local communities of São Tomé and Príncipe by addressing the climate adaptation requirements of their infrastructure.

The experience of a Rebel

Rewriting the narrative of our future

"Being part of this project made me realize how much it matters to people's lives, even if it's just about taking care of a small piece of infrastructure. It's about rewriting the narrative of our future, one sustainable initiative at a time."
Irene Seemann