City Interventions

Luganville Integrated Urban Development Plan

Country: Vanuatu
City: Luganville

Key Stakeholders and PartnersLuganville Municipal Council; Sanma Provincial Government; Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities; Ministry of Finance; Asian Development Bank

Project Preparation Study PeriodNov 2017 – March 2019

CDIA SupportUS$ 738,034

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 12 million (ADB)

Infrastructure sectorsWater Supply
Solid Waste Management
Flood/Drainage Management

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Luganville, the second largest city in Vanuatu with a population of 20,544 (as of 2017), has been suffering from ageing infrastructure and inadequate urban services. The city is an important cruise ship destination and trans-shipment hub with over 50% of Vanuatu’s exports coming from the northern islands passing through Luganville. In anticipation of rapid economic growth, the city is in need of a comprehensive plan aimed at meeting future requirements for adequate, reliable and efficient urban infrastructure and services.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA supported the city of Luganville in preparing the 15-year Luganville Integrated Urban Development Plan (2018-2034), which was implemented in two phases. Phase I entailed the formulation of a short yet actionable and integrated urban plan for the
city, while Phase II involved the preparation of feasibility studies for identified priority sub-projects including preliminary engineering designs, economic analysis, financial analysis, environmental and social assessments, and capacity development and institutional strengthening strategies. The PPS outputs will feed into ADB’s preparation of the proposed $12 million Luganville Urban Development Project (LUDP) which is included in ADB’s Country Operations Business Plan for Vanuatu (2017-2019).

Expected Development Outcomes

When fully implemented, the LUDP has the potential of reducing public health risks through improvement of water supply and sanitation, drainage, and solid waste management. The benefits will accrue to the 20,544 Luganville residents as well as about 100,000 tourists visiting the city annually.


Key City informationLand Area: 8.32 sq. km.
Estimated Population: 20,544 (2017)
City website: n/a

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