Project building houses that can withstand storms joins 12 others in UNFCCC award.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that the “Storm Resistant Housing for a Resilient Da Nang City” project was among 12 winners of the “Idea of the Year” prize. All projects focused on four main fields: poor urban development, supporting women, financial support for environmentally-friendly investments, and information technologies.
Storm Resistant Housing for a Resilient Da Nang City aims to build capacity in climate change resilience in local communes and wards in the city through establishing a credit rotation fund that supports 425 poor and sub-poor households, with priority given to single mothers, to upgrade, fix and build storm-resistant houses.
Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation with a total budget nearly $420,000, the project is a cooperative effort between the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs, the Da Nang Women’s Union, and the US’s Institute for Social and Environmental Transition. It has supported 360 poor households to upgrade and build storm-resistant houses.
According to Ms. Le Thi Thu Hanh, Deputy Director of the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs, each household was given free designs and assisted by supervisors when building their storm-resistant house. During Typhoon Nari in 2013, all 360 houses sponsored by the project stood firm. “The project has been implemented effectively and most poor households can easily access funds to upgrade or build houses to storm- and flood-resistant standards,” she said.