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International Study Visit

Preventing Typhoon Damage to Housing, Central Viet Nam
An international study visit was carried out in May 2009 to 'Preventing Typhoon Damage to Housing in Central Viet Nam', winner of the 2008 World Habitat Award.

About 'Preventing Typhoon Damage to Housing in Central Viet Nam'

This Development Workshop France (DWF) programme has worked over many years with families and local governments in Viet Nam to apply key principles of safe storm and flood resistant construction, both to existing and new homes, as well as to community buildings. Over 1,300 cyclone-resistant houses have been provided to date through the programme, with many other households choosing to use the construction techniques. Communicating these basic principles to local people is an important part of the programme. The building techniques are now being progressively adopted by local and provincial governments, as well as other NGOs and agencies, both in Viet Nam and Indonesia. 

Purpose of the visit

The purpose of the visit was to provide an in-depth understanding of the practical techniques, training methods and project management approaches used in the award-winning programme. Intensive site visits formed a major part of the study visit, providing an opportunity to study all aspects of the programme and to meet those responsible for its success.

Bursaries were provided by BSHF to help meet the travel and accommodation costs of those selected to take part in the international study visit.