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1st Edition

Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better

ISBN 9781138297531
Published November 5, 2018 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

"Building Back Better" (BBB) has been a popular slogan in disaster recovery efforts around the world, including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2009 Samoan Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. BBB has recently been identified as one of four priorities of action for disaster risk reduction globally in the next 15 years by the United Nations Sendai Framework. However, there has consistently been a mismatch and confusion in the interpretation of the phrase and what BBB encapsulates which has made proper implementation difficult and unsuccessful at times.

This book explains the concept of "Building Back Better" as an innovative holistic approach to rebuilding a community following a disaster event in order to develop resilience. It begins by exploring the background, development and definitions of BBB. The theory behind establishing BBB as a holistic concept is explained and the internationally recognised BBB Framework developed by the authors is introduced and described. Each of the components of the Framework are explained in detail with findings from international research and case studies from the US, Haiti, Indonesia, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, Gaza, China, Australia, UK and New Zealand, providing practical recommendations for implementation in recovery projects. There is a focus on the translation of BBB theory into practice to assist implementers to use the BBB Framework and BBB Indicators introduced in this book as an effective tool to plan and implement disaster recovery projects.

This publication can be used as a handbook by government, non-governmental and private industry practitioners to prepare for and implement post disaster recovery projects that benefit and strengthen local communities and as a core text on international Disaster and Energy Management courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Post Disaster Recovery and teh Need to Build Back Better

Chapter 2 Build Back Better Theory

Chapter 3 Structural Resilience

Chapter 4 Multi-Hazard-based Land-Use Planning

Chapter 5 Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction Education

Chapter 6 Psychological and Social Recovery

Chapter 7 Economic Recovery

Chapter 8 Institutional Mechanism

Chapter 9 Legislation and Regulation

Chapter 10 Monitoring and Evaluation

Chapter 11 Building Back Better: From Theory to Practice


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Sandeeka Mannakkara is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction.

Suzanne Wilkinson is Director of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction.

Regan Potangaroa is a Professor of Architectural Science in the School of Architecture at Victoria University, Wellington.