Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A company helps provide disaster risk reduction in Pakistan

A company press release, but still, a pertinent topic from Cision Wire: Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Department for International Development-funded Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to provide technical assistance to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for a climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction project in Punjab, Pakistan.

In 2010 the Punjab province was affected by catastrophic floods. Since then the PDMA has been managing the post disaster reconstruction programme. As part of this programme ‘model villages’ which include schools, houses, health centres and other community infrastructure to replace those destroyed by the floods are being developed. The Government of Punjab is proposing to develop similar villages in the region, which will be exemplars for reconstruction in other flood-affected communities. These will show how such villages can be better planned, built to higher standards and with improved community infrastructure and facilities.

Mott MacDonald is providing practical planning tools and guidance to improve the climate compatibility of post disaster reconstruction and the model villages. This includes reviewing and reporting on sample model village plans, as well as offering recommendations on how to improve the resilience of spaces and structures to future extreme climate events...

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