The majority of buildings in Nepal are poorly constructed and—due to unplanned growth, poor implementation and enforcement of building codes, and a lack of awareness by the public and building professionals of seismically safe construction practices—extremely vulnerable to earthquakes. While legislation has made compliance to building codes mandatory, municipalities lack appropriate mechanisms and capacities for building code implementation. This fact was very clearly demonstrated by a recent survey, which showed that only two engineers, on average, are available in a municipality in which an average of 400 new building permits are issued every year. Intervention to ensure safer construction is required to address these huge risks. Effective building code implementation is one of the most effective ways to decrease potential risk of earthquake casualties.
The project will conduct a series of training courses on seismically safer construction for technical personnel, including building contractors and masons. It will also build the capacity of municipalities to implement and enforce building codes, at grassroots and policy levels. The project’s objectives include the following:
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Last updated: August 18, 2014