Amphibious Housing Technology Project



CO2 Bambu, a Nicaraguan social enterprise specialized in building ecological bamboo houses, has designed a low-cost amphibious house that can increase the life quality of millions of vulnerable people living in flood prone areas. An amphibious house is one that sits on the ground the majority of the time, but which has the ability to rise up with rising waters during flooding events, and return to the ground when the waters recede.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Due to climate change, floods are happening more frequently and with more devastating effects on communities worldwide. The current strategy to help vulnerable communities is to relocate them. However, relocating these families breaks their connection to their income source (mostly agriculture and fishing), to their identity, and to each other. Moreover, this strategy is expensive and has largely failed, as families often return to their land seeking for a better quality of life.

How will this project solve this problem?

We can help these communities living in flood prone areas by providing them with houses that can float when the water rises and return to the ground when it recedes. We call these AMPHIBIOUS HOUSES. This solution will enable vulnerable communities to remain in their land of origin and to maintain their ties to income, identity and support networks

Potential Long Term Impact

Help us deploy the first low-cost amphibious house in Malacatoya, Nicaragua, a community affected every year by the rising waters of the Malacatoya River . We need to build this first prototype before the October rainy season. Once tested, we will make this solution available to hundreds of NGO's, government agencies, and multinational organizations who can scale it world-wide.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $115

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $115 .  The original project funding goal was $12,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Daniela Hammeken

Washington DC, DC United States

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