Background and Objectives:
The overall 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.
This project will undertake essential repairs and reconstruction of people’s 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.
UN-HABITAT is managing the UNDP-funded Shelter Recovery Project and has brought in additional funds from the People’s Republic of China and the Government of New Zealand for physical reconstruction on a number of designated islands.
Activities on each island include:
Repairing houses for tsunami-damaged homes on the authenticated list, based on the results of an independent damage survey.
Reconstructing destroyed houses on the authenticated list.
Installing appropriate water conservation and storage facilities.
Implementing an appropriate sanitation and disposal system.
The housing repair and reconstruction work completed on 14 islands (across 7 atolls).
655 houses completed on 45 islands across 12 atolls.
Over US$15 million disbursed of the US$20.5 million mobilised for shelter activities in the Maldives.
UN-HABITAT together with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, provided an invaluable contribution to the national housing policy framework in December 2005.
Work on 2,105 houses on 31 islands across 12 atolls ongoing.