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Beyond Shelter - Architecture and human dignity

30 August 2011 - 22 September 2011

Architecture and Human Dignity

Edited by Marie J. Aquilino. Published by Metropolis Books

Across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, groundbreaking work is being done by small teams of outstanding professionals who are helping communities to recover from disaster and rebuild, bridging the gap that separates short-term emergency needs from long-term sustainable recovery.

Atlas of housing vulnerability and measures for safe housing in Viet Nam

23 July 2011 - 13 August 2011

The publication of the “Atlas of housing vulnerability & measures for safe housing in Vietnam” comes at a time when the National Strategy for natural disaster prevention, response and mitigation has called for the review and complement of building codes and construction plans in line with natural disaster characteristics in each region of Vietnam. The Atlas contributes to this national objective.


The Atlas goes further in its objectives, linking:

  • the regional natural disaster characteristics


  • thecharacteristics of local common contemporary housing in each region.


The contents


  • Part 1 of

Can Tho perceptions of flood risk survey, Vietnam

22 July 2011

As part of the World Bank - Building Urban Resilience project in East Asia, DW will be carrying out a surevy of flood risk perceptions in Can Tho City, southern Vietnam. 

Can Tho City is the economic capital of the Mekong Delta and the 5th city in Viet Nam, located on the one of the main branches of the Mekong River. It is subject to frequent flooding. The city is located at the confluence of the tidal part of the river and the down-river flow (Total area 1 400 km²).

With around 1 200 000 inhabitants, and a rapid urbanisation, the common perception of hazards is one of an increasing

Views from the Frontline 2011 - Country Report Viet Nam

15 July 2011

DWF has implemented the survey Views from the Frontline 2011, to evaluate the local governance for disaster risk reduction in Viet Nam.

The final report is available here.

Main conclusion : there is a gap from official evaluation to reality at local level, and the lack of financial resources is considered as the main obstacle for an efficient implementation of the DRR policy.