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Pathways to raising disaster risk reduction awareness among the informal construction stakeholders: a case of Nepal

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posted on 28.09.2017 by Ksenia Chmutina, Joanne Rose, Suman D. Shrestha, Dilip Bhatta
Nepal is a low-income country where the majority of people live in chronic poverty, with vulnerabilities exacerbated by various natural hazards (in particular earthquakes). Whilst Nepal has implemented comprehensive building codes and a Building Act, a major challenge exists as both the existing building stock is refurbished and the new stock is continuously added by the informal construction sector, without adherence to any building standards and codes. Such informal construction leaves urban areas highly vulnerable and with little resilience to any disaster. This situation is not unique to Nepal’s urban areas, as rapid urbanisation in many developing countries has similarly led to a boom in informal construction sectors and construction that has little regard for building codes and regulations. Based on a case study of Banepa’s 11 wards, this paper will discuss the informal construction stakeholders’ awareness of disaster risk reduction measures, and provide an overview of existing initiatives to engage the informal construction sector in appreciating the importance of hazard-resilient buildings.

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This research is undertaken as a part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Global Frontiers for Development Corn-seed funding.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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7th International Conference on Building Resilience

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CHMUTINA, K. ... et al, 2017. Pathways to raising disaster risk reduction awareness among the informal construction stakeholders: a case of Nepal. Procedia Engineering, 212, pp. 784-791.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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31/07/2017

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2017

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ This paper will be presented at the 7th International Conference on Building Resilience; Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction, ICBR2017, 27 – 29 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand.

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1877-7058

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en

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Bangkok, Thailand

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