Updated on March 11, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

UNICEF/UNHCR Reinforced Plastic Tarpaulin

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Fire retardant, waterproof, rotproof, and UV-resistant reinforced plastic tarpaulin for disaster relief and emergency operations.

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Product Description

The UNICEF/UNHCR Reinforced Plastic Tarpaulin is a 5 x 4 m woven high density polyethylene tarpaulin featuring nylon ropes and plastic eyelets to secure the tarpaulin.

Market Suggested Retail Price


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is mass-produced in Dubai by NRS Relief following UNHCR/UNICEF Standard

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Users can obtain a quote of the product from NRS Relief

Distributions to Date Status

The company produces and distributes Woven Flexible Tarpaulin since the decade of 1980, and there is not a registry of how many of this product have been distributed so far. However, the manufacturer estimated that around 100,000 were distributed in the last years  Interview with manufacturer

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Speed of assembly


Footprint area (m²)

20 m²

Internal volume (m³)


Material composition

Woven high density black polyethylene (HDPE) fibers, warp x weft, laminated on both sides with low density polyethylene (LDPE) coating.

Lifespan (years)

2 years

Flammable Flash Point Temperature (°C)

200 °C

Maximum snow load (kg/m²)


Maximum wind speed (km/h)


Suitable climates

All climates

Design Specifications

Reinforced Plastic Tarpaulin key features:

  • UNHCR/UNICEF standard
  • Fire retardant (optional)*, waterproof, rotproof and UV-resistant
  • Reinforced plastic tarpaulin in 4m x 5m sheet or 4m x 50m roll developed by international research project and designed for long outdoor use in all climates
  • Made of woven high density black polyethylene (HDPE) fibers, warp x weft, laminated on both sides with low density polyethylene (LDPE) coating
  • Highly recommended for family shelter protection

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Technical Support

There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.

Replacement Components



2 year lifespan in tropical climate with maximum sun exposure. No warranty or disposal information.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The product was designed to resist water, rot, soil fauna, high temperatures (-20° to +80°C), and fire (flammability flash point over 200°C)

Vetted Performance Status




Complementary Technical Systems

The reinforced plastic tarpaulin system is intended to drape/stretch over an erected structure - one built by the associated relief organization or the user.

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Compliance with regulations

The manufacturer's technical specifications report the product complies with different standards for tensile strength, tear strength, UV resistance and fire risk.  

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