UN Launches GHAR Initiative to Build Climate-Resilient Housing Project

UN Launches GHAR Initiative to Build Climate-Resilient Housing Project

Islamabad: GHAR (Green Housing Affordable Resilient), an initiative launched by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), seeks to augment the technical capabilities of esteemed academic institutions and government institutions to facilitate the design, construction, and management of housing that is resilient to climate change.

This initiative would be implemented by UNOPS Pakistan, in collaboration with the provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Sindh, and Punjab, via research and development, academic-institute dialogue, training, and communication regarding passive techniques for enhancing building performance.

The work of UNOPS Pakistan on climate-resilient housing consists of three components: strategies for communication, training, and demonstration.

Wednesday, UNOPS announced that to make progress in implementing green building regulations for climate-resilient, sustainable, and inclusive housing, each of these components is necessary.

Rapid urbanisation and construction expansion have been observed in Pakistan, with housing constituting the overwhelming majority of new developments. Urbanisation is projected to account for sixty per cent of the nation’s population by 2050, up from more than thirty-seven per cent in 2020, as the total national population increases from 225 million in 2021 to 310 million by 2050.

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By engaging all relevant parties—academia, government, and professionals—UNOPS established itself as a preeminent technical authority on sustainable and resilient housing initiatives.

Through these scheme interventions—civic awareness meetings, instruction for untrained masons, and plenary deliberations with specialists and researchers—all participants must participate green and climate modification adaptation methods into organization guidelines and syllabuses.

These seminars aimed to educate 1,086 students and 556 professionals from various institutes.

In Sindh, more than a hundred semi-skilled masons were instructed by UNOPS on the significance of climate-resilient housing in the wake of the catastrophic floods of 2022. The instructional programme emphasises climate-resilient construction techniques and incorporates hands-on activities that cover site selection, building configurations, quality assessments, and design.

Additionally, the UN agency offers technical assistance regarding adapting the constructed environment to climate change.

The findings of an assessment by UNOPS that examined Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in the reconstruction of post-flood housing in Sindh, with a particular emphasis on the challenges faced in the brick supply chain and social cohesion, were presented to officials from the planning and development departments of all provincial governments.

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