Extreme weather events aggravated by COVID-19 pandemic have drastically changed people’s lives and its impact will be felt for a long time to come. Residents' activities are restricted to indoors due to the pandemic and to extreme weather events. Delay in responding to extreme weather events in combination with COVID-19 emergency responses lead to multiple health and safety issues particularly among marginalized communi-ties and in urban and urbanizing areas, where concentration of COVID-19 cases was relatively higher. Building-based prevention and control measures have become one of the most urgent methods of fighting against health and safety issues related to pandemic and to unexpected weather conditions.
Poor communities are highly susceptible to such unprecedented weather-related risks and transmission of COVID-19 due to lack of resilience capacity owing to poor living standards and more importantly deterio-rating economic conditions due to lockdowns and restrictions. Hence, many of these unpredictable and strong weather conditions require countries to take actions which promotes quick remedial actions support-ed by behavioral change and improving living conditions.
Establishment of Policies and Guidelines adopting Japanese responses to climate changes in Asia and Pacific cities and its dissemination/promotion to surrounding countries/area will lead to the improvement of new technologies in line with needs of the country/community. Promoting safer and cleaner cities in the region through green building initiatives will contribute to the commitments of the countries to reduce carbon emis-sion.
This proposed project approach is fully aligned with the Government of Japan’s development approach - hu-manitarian-development nexus by providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable people to stabilize their quality of life for reintegrating them into the society as continuum sustainable development.
The objective of the project is to reduce the urgent risks associated with poor structures of houses and con-tribute to safer and cleaner cities in the Asia and Pacific region during the COVID-19 pandemic through green building initiatives. . Furthermore, this project is to support the development of Green Building-based cities resilient and adapted to climate changes in developing countries.
The project will be implemented in four urban or urbanizing settlements in three countries, that are Cambo-dia (Sihanoukville) - project lead country, Nepal (Mahalaxmi and Gadhawa municipalities) and Sri Lanka (Mulativu District).
Project Duration: 12 months (April 2022—March 2023)
Final Beneficiaries: Vulnerable households in the four settlements: 666 households