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.
* 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.
Development Partners / Partners
Development Partners: UNDP
Partners: Government of the Maldives