A venture that mixes satellite tv for pc photographs, mapping applied sciences and the native data of villagers to assist construct climate-proof settlements in disaster-prone areas of Pakistan gained a global award on Thursday.
Multiple million folks have benefited from the Aga Khan Company for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan venture, which was a gold prize winner on the World Habitat Awards which are organised with the United Nations housing company (UN-Habitat).
AKAH has educated about 50,000 residents to higher shield their villages from disasters within the mountainous northern areas that are susceptible to earthquakes, floods and environmental degradation, and are residence to a number of the poorest communities.
“It’s not just responding to the effects of the climate emergency, but being proactive in protecting people from its effects, using technology and the knowledge of communities,” stated David Eire, chief govt of World Habitat, a charity.
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“It provides communities with the knowledge of where and how to live in safety in a changing world. The potential for this approach to be adapted and used in similar areas in Pakistan and elsewhere is absolutely huge,” he stated in a press release.
Since 1980, greater than 2m folks have been killed by pure disasters, in accordance with the World Financial institution. Worsening local weather change impacts threaten to push an extra 100m folks into excessive poverty throughout the subsequent decade.
Pakistan is among the many most disaster-prone nations in South Asia, in accordance with the World Financial institution, and the remoteness of the northern mountainous areas makes response efforts troublesome.
Launched in 2006, the AKAH venture contains mapping and monitoring hazards utilizing satellite tv for pc photographs and drones, and creating catastrophe danger administration plans with the involvement of native residents.
It allows communities to construct in safer areas, and higher put together for and reply to disasters, AKAH stated.
By combining native data, neighborhood involvement and expertise, the venture develops “resilient, sustainable communities capable of living in dignity” amidst the specter of climate-induced disasters, stated Leilani Farha, a former UN skilled on housing, and one of many judges for the award.
AKAH plans to increase the mannequin to different rural elements of the nation, whereas its tasks in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Syria and India are additionally utilizing this strategy and have accomplished danger assessments in almost 2,500 villages protecting 3m folks.
A key focus for AKAH Pakistan is the involvement of ladies, who make up about half the volunteers educated for catastrophe response, and who additionally take part in climate monitoring and mapping of high-risk areas.
“This has given voice to women who had been considered mostly at the margins of society, and ensures their participation in developing the village disaster risk management plans,” stated Samra Siraj, a programme coordinator at AKAH.
“Women who had been conventionally viewed as vulnerable victims of disasters and emergencies are now empowered individuals who can actively respond to disasters and serve the communities,” she instructed the Thomson Reuters Basis.