The Government of Vanuatu in Partnership with the Australian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are proud to fund the Port Vila Urban Development Project as one of the major investment in the nation's capital.The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) will contribute to sustainable urban development in Port Vila through improved road, drainage, sanitation infrastructure and services. The Project duration is from 13 February 2013 to 31st December 2017 and has four major outputs.


Output 1

The Government has improved the road network and drainage system in greater Port Vila. This output will comprise;

  1. repair, improvements and/or renewal of roads with curbs, footpaths, and other essential road features; and
  2. provision of a new storm water drainage system and improvement of existing drains in the highest priority flood prone areas together with new channels. A total of 7 square kilometers of drainage basins in five catchment areas will be supported for road and drainage improvements. Approximately 13.3 kilometers of roads will be rehabilitated within these five catchment areas. 

The project will install grease and silt traps but its scope and design will be open to incorporate additional measures that will allow further treatment of storm water runoff. During the detailed design, the extent of environmental impacts will be examined and further appropriate actions will be recommended.

Progress Update

The Roads and Drainage Detailed design work three works packages which saw two bidding completed.

1) George Kalsakau drive smaller contract was awarded to the preferred contractor on September 2015.

2) Phase 1 works entail tar sealing and improvement of 13km of Port Vila’s main road network, drainage, footpaths, street lighting and signage in the southern section area including Kumul Highway through Smet Intersection. Design documents tendered for other works and bids were received by December 2015. Bids undergo an evaluation process and a contract has been awarded. Contractual works are expected to start by end of first quarter of 2016

Output 2

  • The Government has improved the sanitation system in greater Port Vila. This output willimprove the disposal and treatment of sludge from domestic and commercial septic tanks through improving the management of the privately operated sludge collection and disposal system;
  • design and construction of a sludge treatment plant (STP) and disposal facility;
  • transfer of the sludge disposal site from its current location in Bouffa to a new site for disposal and treatment of sludge (which will also be the site for a full-scale sewage treatment in the future); and
  • construction of a biogas plant as a clean development mechanism (CDM)  project. The STP will be the first-ever sludge treatment plant and a first step toward a piped sewerage system. The STP will be designed to include a biogas plant to generate electricity through capture of methane, with potential for earning carbon credits.

Progress Update

Septage Treatment Facility. The Detail design has been completed, tendered, and bids were received and undergo an evaluation process and were finalized by September 2015. Contractual works are expected to start in the first quarter of 2016.

Output 3

Central area and settlement communities use improved hygiene facilities.This output will (i) set up a number of multipurpose, multi-user (MPMU) sanitation facilities including  toilets, washing and bathing facilities in villages and peri-urban settlements, selected on the basis of a demonstrated  need and willingness by the community to contribute to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of facilities; (ii) upgrade, rebuild, or refurbish public toilets, principally in the city center and located at major publicly owned sporting facilities; and (iii) involve women in site selection and design of sanitation facilities and maintenance activities.

Progress Update

Community Sanitation Facilities and Public Toilets. Detailed design of the facilities has been completed, tendered with bid documents received and currently undergo evaluation process. Works expected to start early 2016.

Output 4

Government agencies and community and user organizations have the capacity to effectively and efficiently manage sanitation, roads and drainage systems. Training programs will be implemented on

  • planning and policy improvement in hygiene and sanitation, drainage and road development such as the sanitation policy, building code, public roads act and traffic management act;
  • monitoring, and quality control of urban road networks and sanitation and drainage facilities;
  • contract management under public-private partnership;
  • hygiene and health education and awareness for community organizations; and
  • household sanitation improvement with direct involvement and participation of women and youth. An O&M plan will be developed for the project assets in consultation with other development partners, key government agencies and the private sector, and with due consideration of lessons learned from other projects and for wider application. The project will also provide specific training on
  • gender awareness in hygiene and sanitation for government agencies and community and user organizations, and
  • management and maintenance of communal sanitation facilities for women and youth groups as part of the project strategy for local employment generation.

Progress Update

Institutional Strengthening. Capacity Building at Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities/Public Works Department and Vanuatu Project Management Unit is progressing with the engagement of a Project Management Advisor and National Project Manager at Vanuatu Project Management Unit. Training, workshops and campaigns on hygiene and health is progressing well in targeted communities.



Loan Agreement Documents.

Download the PVUDP Factsheet below (provided and distributed by Ausaid-Vanuatu office);

Port Vila is the commercial and tourist center for Vanuatu. Although Port Vila's population has grown by 400% since independence, there has been limited Urban Planning and major infrastructure since then.

The Project will;

        • Investment and tourism
        • improve traffic flow
        • make Port Vila healthier and safer
        • protect environment, including the harbor and lagoon