Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Technical Support for Building Code Implementation in Nepal


National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) implemented Building Code Implementation Program in Municipalities of Nepal (BCIPN) with support from United States Agency for International Development / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) during 2012-2016 that provided technical support to municipalities to implement the National Building Code (NBC). BCIPN was successful in developing and piloting methodologies for building code compliance in 30 municipalities and urbanizing settlements of Nepal.

To continue the success and institutionalization of the process, NSET is now implementing the program Technical Support for Building Code Implementation in Nepal (TSBCIN) with funding support from United States Agency for International Development / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in 30 Municipalities during 2017-2019. It is being implemented under the overall guidance of the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), and in the leadership of program municipality. The program focuses on assisting the municipalities in enhancing capacities to appropriately develop and adequately administer the building permits and control systems to ensure improved seismic performance of all new building construction.

Goal
To build disaster resilient community in Nepal through technical support for building code implementation.

Objectives
Support Building Code Implementation through awareness, capacity building, institutionalization, and networking.

Focus of the program
» Improving building permit system, building code implementation mechanism, and risk based planning and implementation system
» Enhancing capacities of masons, contractors, engineers, municipal professionals on safer construction
» Raising awareness of communities for safer construction practices

Major Activities
» Earthquake Awareness and Sensitization Programs - Awareness and sensitization programs for house owners, municipal staff, political/social leaders and other stakeholders through safety campaigns, mobile clinics, local radio campaign etc.
» Capacity Enhancement Programs - Training on safer construction practices for masons, contractors, engineers, municipal engineers, municipal staff, officials and elected representatives
» Program for Improving Institutional System - Consultation meetings and thematic workshops, development of local disaster risk management plans, earthquake loss estimation, risk-sensitive land use plan and mobile application
» Collaboration/Cooperation/Networking - Meetings, sharing workshops, joint research works, collaboration with local private organization, exchange portal, international sharing visits/conferences

Program Coverage

This program is being implemented in 30 municipalities covering 7 provinces of Nepal.

TSBCIN Sub-Metro/Municipalities

Province No 1: Phidim Municipality, Dhankuta Municipality, Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City, Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City, and Damak Municipality.

Province No 2: Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Mithila Municipality and Bardibas Municipality.

Province No 3: Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Bharatpur Metropolitan City, Bhimeshwor Municipality, Manthali Municipality.

Province No 4: Baglung Municipality, Gaidakot Municipality, Kawasoti Municipality, Gorkha Municipality, Vyas Municipality and Shuklagandaki Municipality.

Province No. 5: Bardaghat Municipality, Sainamaina Municipality, Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City, Kohalpur Municipality and Ghorahi Sub-Metropolitan City.

Province No 6: Narayan Municipality, Birendranagar Municipality and Bheriganga Municipality

Province No. 7: Bhimdutta Municipality, Shuklaphanta Municipality, Godawari Municipality and Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City

Indicators

Impact Indicators

» 50% of new constructed buildings will comply to Nepal Building Code (NBC)
» 70% of building drawings and designs submitted for building permits will comply to NBC

Outcome Indicators

» 50% shelters adopt DRR measures
» 70% settlements adopt DRR measures
» 60% of people who attended awareness and training sessions retain knowledge after two months of training
» 70% of trained construction workforce continue practicing earthquake resistant construction in subsequent years
» Risk perception-score on disaster-resilient construction of communities/population will increase by 20%
» 50% of program municipalities will have improved institutional systems and process for risk based planning and enforcement of building code
» Mechanism of collaboration, cooperation and networking for building code implementation at local, national and regional level will be established and strengthened

Output Indicators

Earthquake Awareness and Sensitization Programs

Awareness and sensitization programs for house owners, Municipal staff, Political/Social leaders and other Stakeholders through Safety Campaigns, Mobile Clinics, Local Radio campaign etc

Capacity Enhancement Programs

Training on safer construction practices for masons, contractors, engineers, municipal engineers, municipal staff, officials and elected representatives Program for Improving Institutional System

Consultation Meetings and Thematic Workshops, Development of Local Disaster Risk Management Plans, Earthquake Loss Estimation, Risk-Sensitive

Land Use Plan and Mobile Application
Collaboration/Cooperation/Networking
Meetings, sharing workshops, joint research works, collaboration with local private organizations, exchange portal, international sharing visits/conferences Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Intended Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries - 65,000 people
Indirect beneficiaries - 300,000 people
» 1,200 house owners, 320 engineers 950 masons trained
» 1,200 people benefitted through earthquake awareness, orientation programs and workshops
» 112 municipal staff and 120 municipal officials trained
» 50,000 people benefitted from radio programs; 7,500 people from mobile apps; and 7,500 people benefitted from mobile clinics.
» 168 social mobilizers and social advocates trained
» 64 media professionals trained

Contact us
National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET)
House 65, CR-13, Sainbu Awas, Bhainsepati
Lalitpur Metropolitan City-25, Nepal
P.O.Box No.: 13775, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: (977-1) 5591000, Fax: (977-1) 5592692, 5592693, Extension, No.504
E-mail: nset@nset.org.np, Website: www.nset.org.np

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