UNDP supports Viet Nam to respond effectively to climate change, natural disasters and ensure environmental sustainability. Under the One Plan 2017-2021, UNDP supports Viet Nam to accelerate its transition to a low-carbon economy, and enhance its adaptation and resilience to climate change and disaster risk.

Resilient Housing

Output 1: Storm and flood resilient design features added to 4,000 new houses on safe sites, benefiting 20,000 poor and highly disaster-exposed people in 100 communes

Based on the Government’s Housing Programme Decision No. 48, Output 1 will complement and promote the construction of resilient housing. With the support of GCF funding, 4,000 storm and flood resilient houses will be built in five coastal provinces: Quang Ngai, Hue, Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Quang Binh. In line with the Government’s Housing Programme, it will prioritize the security and safety of the most vulnerable segments of society, many who reside in the most exposed coastal regions and in unsafe housing.

The new storm and flood resilient houses are based on simple designs to create a stronger structure. Features include a mezzanine level for flooding protection, reinforced roofing and the use of strong cement. The mezzanine level allows residents to comfortably stay in their houses during a disaster, safe from high flood levels. This level can also be used as an area to store valuables during disasters and avoid it being washed away or spoiled by flooding waters.

Figure 1:  Flood and Storm-Resilient House Design

The housing designs and construction take into account cultural tradition and promote the importance of ownership by enabling residents to choose suitable designs, make contributions and ensure the maintenance of their houses.

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