Disaster Management and Reconstruction Sector


Ongoing Projects


Completed Projects


Total Projects

The establishment of the Disaster Management and Reconstruction Division which was initially named as the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Division was necessitated after an intense earthquake devastated major parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in October 2005. At the very outset, NESPAK formed a small team of professionals to provide consultancy services for the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in the calamity-hit areas. Owing to the expansion in the magnitude and scope of the projects, the staff swelled and now the number of employees serving the Disaster Management and Reconstruction (DM&R) Sector is around 400.

NESPAK has undertaken a total of 130 projects with 5,000 plus sub-projects costing Rs. 330 billion in the Disaster Management and Reconstruction Sector. As many as 109 projects have been completed while 21 are in the construction stage.

Scope of Services

Pre-Disaster Services:

Services related to multi-hazard vulnerability for various disaster scenarios, safer land use planning using Geographical Information System (GIS) for analysis and decision making. Solutions and guidelines related to safer building construction, contingency planning and socio-economic and institutional capacity building are also offered to enhance resilience of urban and rural areas.

Post-Disaster Services

Damage assessment surveys, strategic and contingency planning, multi-phased reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes for sectoral redevelopment, structural evaluation and condition surveys of damaged buildings, seismic retrofitting of structures, identification of safe havens for the affected people, Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), geo-hazard surveys and GIS/IT based solutions.

Urban/Regional Planning and Developments

Working collaboratively in focussed interdisciplinary teams, we define and develop ideas, concepts and strategies that address great diversity of safe land use planning and urban design challenges facing post-hazard situations. The collaborative working method enables our clients to engage with and benefit from multiple points of view. Some of our principal areas of practice elucidating our approach towards work are strategic planning and policy making, spatial/physical planning, urban and regional development projects, safer land use planning, transportation planning, tourism and rural development planning.

Community Mobilization

Seasoned NESPAK professionals apply a meticulous range of techniques to give tangible expression to social values including interactive community meetings, focus group discussions, visual simulations, stakeholder interviews, census and sample surveys.

Human Resource Development and Capacity Building

NESPAK offers services for the development of human resource and trainings and workshops for capacity building of professionals in the disaster risk management and mitigation of potential hazards.


Buildings and Aseismic Structural Design:

NESPAK has been handling seismic resistant structural designs using conventional, Innovative fast construction technologies and supervision of more than 7,000 housing, educational, health and governance and allied sector facilities under the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Earthquake Affected Areas Project through which consultancy services have been rendered under extreme emergency situation in an area spread over 30,000 sqkm.

Design Review and Vetting:

Services for design review and vetting of buildings submitted by development partners and sponsors including the Asian Development Bank, Saudi Fund for Development, Islamic Development Bank, United Nations, Red Cross, USAID, CDM Smith, UN Habitat, etc. Structural design vetting for around 1500 facilities of more than 135 International/Local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) has been carried out by NESPAK.

Road Infrastructure:

Detailed design and construction supervision of 750 km roads and 9 bridges worth Rs. 10 billion in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province and AJ&K earthquake-hit areas have been undertaken by NESPAK.


Around 600,000 houses have been reconstructed in KPK and AJ&K under the owner driven Rural Housing Programme with assisted and inspected construction as per designs prepared by NESPAK. Training Manuals and Compliance Catalogues were also prepared. This is rated as the best housing reconstruction programme.

Seismic Hazard Microzonation:

Seismic hazard microzonation studies of four major towns of Bagh, Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad in AJ&K and Balakot in KPK have been carried out. Moreover, seismic hazard microzonation of Quetta, Murree, remote areas of Shoghore Valley, District Chitral and Immit Area of Gilgit-Baltistan to build community resilience against earthquakes, floods, landslides, avalanches and other potential disasters have been undertaken. Seismic hazard and geo-technical studies were also carried out to finalise the safest location for around 5,000 buildings in the earthquake-hit areas. NESPAK has provided these services on a large number of other projects as well.

Urban/Regional Planning and Development:

Dedicated services for quake-hit towns of Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Rawalakot and New Balakot Town including physical land-use and socioeconomic surveys, master planning and detailed infrastructural designing including water supply, sewerage, sanitation, drainage, electricity, transportation and building designs incorporating disaster risk reduction considerations. NESPAK has also prepared Poonch District Tourism Master Plan and peripheral development and improvement plans for the Old Balakot Town. Currently, urban development works worth Rs. 35 billion under China's Preferential Buyer's Credit are being executed in Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Rawalakot cities. NESPAK scope of services includes design review and construction supervision of buildings and infrastructure works in collaboration with Chinese consultants and contractors.

Flood Management and Forecasting/Warning Systems:

As many as 78 flood management projects have been undertaken, involving design of about 1,006 flood control schemes and construction supervision of more than 175 km of embankments.

Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Earthquake Affected Areas

NESPAK got this biggest project of its history for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the earthquake-hit areas of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) as General Consultants to Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA). The project was launched as an emergency response to the massive earthquake in October 2005. Works under this Rs. 200 billion project are spread out both in AJ&K and KPK covering 30,000 sqkm of land. The scope of services for this gigantic project includes master planning, tender documents, detailed design, design review and construction supervision of the housing, healthcare, educational, administrative and governance and allied sector facilities.

ADB-funded Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project, AJ&K and KPK

NESPAK provided consultancy services to the Asian Development Bank-funded Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project in the KPK and AJ&K under two separate projects. The projects comprised designing and construction supervision of 309 middle schools in AJ&K and 124 educational facilities in KPK with an overall cost of more than Rs. 6 billion. The scope of services also included project planning and design review.

183 UNICEF-funded Facilities, AJ&K

NESPAK rendered detailed design, tender documents, design review and construction supervision for 183 educational facilities and two Basic Health Units in KPK and AJ&K at the cumulative cost of Rs. 1.5 billion. The project is funded by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program Building Works

The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program (UPAP) Building Works project in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was the highlight of the projects acquired by NESPAK during year 2011. The project costing Rs. 2 billion was awarded by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Engineering-in-Chief Pakistan Army. NESPAK scope of services includes project planning, detailed design, tender documents and construction supervision for 12 healthcare and educational buildings in the disaster-hit areas of KPK and FATA.