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Post-Tsunami Shelter Recovery Project (Completed)

Background and Objectives

The objective of the Shelter Recovery Project is to address the urgent emergency needs for shelter and laying the foundation for an integrated long-term sustainable recovery of the housing sector in each atoll. The project will undertake essential repairs and reconstruction of homes and essential on-site services. It will be undertaken through community action planning and community contracting processes that will strengthen local governance mechanisms and re-start local economies complemented by private sector partnerships. The capacity of the government will be strengthened to ensure informed decisions on a range of technologies, designs and partnership solutions. Construction technology for disaster-resistant structures will be integrated through community consultation, skills transfer and training programmes in partnership with the Maldives Government.


The main activities on each island included:
* Repairing houses for tsunami-damaged homes on the authenticated list, based on the results of an independent damage survey;
* Reconstructing destroyed houses;
* Installing appropriate water conservation and storage facilities;
* Implementing an appropriate sanitation and disposal system in one pilot location.

Results (2008)

* Housing repair and reconstruction work completed on 28 islands (across seven atolls);
* 2,739 houses completed for repairs and 162 houses reconstructed;
* UN-HABITAT together with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development provided input to the national housing policy framework in December 2005;
* National Housing Policy approved in May 2008;
* Work on an appropriate water-borne sanitary disposal system completed on L. Dhanbidhoo.

Photo Gallery

Please see the link below for more photos on Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster Related Projects in Maldives.

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Development Partners / Partners

Development Partners: UNDP
Partners: Government of the Maldives

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