The AKDN will contribute the extensive experience it has gained in recent decades in the mountain zones of the Hindu Kush, Pamirs, and Tien Shan in Northern Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of Central Asia. This includes lessons learned about such issues as the special needs of rural and urban planning in mountain habitats, the development of energy and water sanitation infrastructure and resources, seismic-resistant construction, as well as training and capacity building for disaster preparedness, particularly at the community level.

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His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has made a three-year, $50-million commitment for the AKDN to support rehabilitation, socio-economic development, and earthquake-preparedness in areas of the North West Frontier Province and Azad Jammu and Kashmir affected by the 8 October shock. The announcement was made today by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of His Highness, at an international donor conference, convened by the Government of Pakistan, and attended by President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and high level delegations from multilateral agencies and more than 56 countries.

Sadly, earthquakes are inevitable in these high-mountain areas and we must ensure that in rebuilding, we draw upon international best practices to assist communities to plan and construct in better ways than previously, and also to mitigate the effects of any future shocks [the Aga Khan said in a statement].

The AKDN will contribute the extensive experience it has gained in recent decades in the mountain zones of the Hindu Kush, Pamirs, and Tien Shan in Northern Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of Central Asia. This includes lessons learned about such issues as the special needs of rural and urban planning in mountain habitats, the development of energy and water sanitation infrastructure and resources, seismic-resistant construction, as well as training and capacity building for disaster preparedness, particularly at the community level. (1)

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  1. Note by NanoWisdoms: Auroville Earth Institute (presently the representative for Asia of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development”) is a non-profit research organisation which has, over the last 30 years developed low-cost technology for self-built seismic resistant homes and community buildings. For more information visit: http://www.earth-auroville.com/

    Gujarat rehabilitation after the 2001 earthquake — almost 3,000 self-built seismic resistant homes built in one year
    http://www.earth-auroville.com/?nav=menu&pg=disaster&id1=16&lang_code=en

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