Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) wins World Habitat Awards “Gold Award”

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) has won the World Habitat Awards 2020 “Gold Award” today for its “Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Technology for Safer Habitat” project.  

Pakistan has suffered an estimated US $18 billion in damages and losses as a result of disasters over the past decades. The northern mountainous areas – home to some of the most disadvantaged and isolated communities – are especially vulnerable to earthquakes, floods and many other hazards that have caused significant damage in recent years.

Although international and national agencies have undertaken work on disaster preparedness at different levels, the integration of hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments (HVRAs) into planning processes – for disaster preparedness, response, rehabilitation and development – is rare.

“We are so thankful to God, that now for this house, even the land’s safety was checked. It was only when AKAH had assessed the place (through HVRA) and declared it safer, the construction (of our house) had begun. This house is a proper house, unlike the previous one. It is so thermally comfortable and even keeps us warm in harsh winters. Proper lighting, water supply, and ventilation systems are there. I, along with my wife, had also actively participated with the organisation in its construction – it is ours and we love every bit of it. Most important of all, unlike our previous house, it is resilient, reliable, comfortable, and so, more loveable.” Safaraz, aged 55, works as a mason and was displaced by the landslide in Attabad in 2010

The Integrating indigenous knowledge and technology for safer habitat approach set up by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Pakistan (AKAH Pakistan) integrates disaster-risk management into habitat planning and development projects at village and community levels. AKAH Pakistan introduced community-based HVRAs in the country for the first time in 2004, combining local and scientific knowledge to map risks, determine residential and economic zones, and develop disaster management plans. AKAH geologists use satellite images and risk-mapping tools, with participation from residents, who contribute local knowledge and receive training on the process. This enables them to build in safer areas and protect against hazards.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. Congratulation to Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Award 2020
    this Award offered a good exemple and role of media in a era of internet on the Silk Road-Better City-Better -Life

    Rosa Dalmiglio


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