Monsoon flooding in 2010 and 2011 caused widespread damage across Pakistan. The Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has realised that there is now an annual risk of flooding, and they should be building homes that can withstand the impact of heavy rainfall. In 2012, the PDMA requested LEAD's assistance with climate compatible construction guidelines to use in the design and development of model villages.
These Guidelines are intended to assist government / planners by setting out a clear process for integrating climate resilience and disaster risk reduction considerations into village-level construction planning in rural Punjab. They give guidance for choice of location and layout, together with information on basic climate compatible building measures. This is intended to aid climate resilience through adaptation to a changing climate and by encouraging low carbon reconstruction techniques in order to mitigate the causes of climate change.
With financial support from the non-government and corporate sectors, the Punjab government has built 22 disaster-resilient showcase villages in seven of the severely affected districts, drawing on expertise from two private firms, National Engineering Services Pakistan and Associated Consulting Engineers.
Preparation of guidelines on reconstruction in hazard-prone areas of the province, and to assess the climate compatibility of model villages being built.
With LEAD Pakistan and CDKN’s support, and the expertise of engineering expert Mott MacDonald, the PDMA – Punjab is overseeing preparation of rurally appropriate, climate compatible construction guidelines that can provide local planners with basic options for layout and buildings designs to reduce vulnerabilities and exposure to natural hazards.
A high level meeting in May 2012 included officers from the PDMA Punjab and provincial departments of Housing, Urban Planning, Communication and Works, met to feedback on the draft construction guidelines and assess the potential for their uptake in public programmes. Also present were experts from NESPAK, UN-HABITAT, and engineering professionals.