Coastal resilience project wins RISK award

20 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A project that pioneers floating houses in Bangladesh has won the prestigious RISK Award 2019, reports UNBN.

It has been designed in a way so that it can house a family of six, and they can survive flood and produce their own food, including vegetables, chickens and fish.

The Euro 100,000-prize, sponsored by the Munich Re Foundation, was accepted by Nandan Mukherjee on behalf ofDundee University, Scotland, and Resilience Solution, Bangladesh.

The organisers, the Munich Re Foundation, Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos, and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction received 109 applications from 48 countries in response to a call for applications focused on coastal resilience in theface of climate and environmental changes.

The award was presented by UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, said a media statement issued from Geneva.

Mizutori said: “This week, at the sixth Global Platform, we have heard time and again about the benefit of investing before a disaster strikes, rather than responding to its effects. This is a great example of the kind of investment that the world needs.”

On behalf of the Munich Re Foundation, chairman Thomas Loster, congratulated the winner and noted that around 40 percent of the world’s population live in coastal areas less than 100 kms from the sea.

“There are lots of challenges, including rising sea levels, heavy rainfall, intense storms. So, the RISK Award is very pleased to encourage innovations such as these floating homes which can be replicated in many parts of the world.”

In his acceptance speech, Mukherjee said the idea of disaster-resilient homes was prompted by a story he heard from a woman who lost a child in a flood and was then abandoned by her husband.