The EBRD has provided a loan of 40 million EUR toward rehabilitation of three road sections, Rozaje-Spiljani, Tivat-Jaz and Danilovgrad-Podgorica. Since, there is a growing awareness among road infrastructure stakeholders of the impact of climate change on road network, the aim of the project was therefore not only to supervise the implementation of the above-mentioned rehabilitation measures, but also to advise on introducing climate resilience elements in project planning and designs. In addition, the goal was to establish an institutional framework in Montenegro for including climate resilience elements in all future projects (as well as existing road sections), to ensure that planning is based on predictive data, taking into account the evolving climate during the entire lifecycle of road assets and to increase the understanding that the total cost of ownership including costs of repair during the entire lifecycle accounting for climate change and events should be considered in infrastructure planning. The international climate change adaptation framework for road infrastructure prepared by the World Road Association (PIARC) was selected as the conceptual basis for this assignment.
As consultant, Aspiro conducted initial institutional mapping, effectively established a task force (working group), conducted several trainings with key stakeholders, prepared the terms of reference for the working group. We assessed and reviewed the 3 road designs (Rozaje-Spiljani, Tivat-Jaz and Danilovgrad-Podgorica), conducted a gap analysis, collected and analysed the available data and documentation on the current and predicted climate situation. We created a cost-benefit analysis for assessing the return on investment of climate resilience measures in road sector. We led the pilot climate impact assessment of 52 road sections in Montenegro according to the PIARC framework for assessing vulnerability and climate risk, resulting in an overview of the current state of road infrastructure readiness to climate change and climate impacts. We developed the climate change strategy and adaptation plan, prepared awareness raising materials (brochure), highlighting the benefits of implementing climate resilience measures in road sector. In developed website and portal for swift collaboration between key stakeholders and institutions, effectively creating an online space for knowledge sharing, road data presentation, collaboration and awareness raising.