Human Settlements Planning and Training Division (HSPTD)

Human Settlements Planning and Training Division (HSPTD) of National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) caters to the needs of socio- economic and physical planning aspects of the shelter sector, with special emphasis on disaster prone areas and problematic areas.

Human Settlement Planning Division has developed the professional capabilities in planning low-income housing settlements, socio-environmental impact assessment, disaster risk reduction in local governance, hazard resilient housing construction, resettlement and rehabilitation related to natural disasters, multi hazard mapping technologies, drone based geo-spatial mapping, climate change studies, flood inundation studies, training and awareness programmes etc. Research and Development programme of NBRO is also coordinated by the Human Settlement and Training Division.

Development of a landslide risk profile is a recently started programme for landslide prone districts which have been identified by NBRO, aiming to establish a mechanism to incorporate landslide risk management into development.

Drone technology is used for Geo-spatial mapping, Digital Surface Modeling (DEM), Digital Terrain Modelling (DTM), generating contours and landslide assessments. Drone technology is safer and more effective in geo-spatial mapping and gives more accurate, high volume of information of an area which is very important for decision makers in planning and development.

Currently a resettlement project is carried out for around 2000 families in Kegalle district who were displaced due to landslide occurred in May 2016 and people in the areas with prevailing landslide risk. HSPTD provide technical assistance in resettlement of these families.

HSPTD carry out collaborative projects related to natural disasters and climate change with International Institutions. Climate Research Unit (CRU) of HSPTD which was established in 2013 to conduct policy relevant research on climate change impacts and adaptation in Sri Lanka is currently working on a collaboration research project with Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE), United States of America on agricultural adaptation and climate change in the dry zone of Sri Lanka.

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