Building Resilient Regions after a Natural Disaster

Building Resilient Regions after a natural disaster

Assessing policies to build resilient regions that have been affected by large natural disasters requires place-based policy responses, for two main reasons:

• Short-term reconstruction decisions will impact the options available for long-term sustainable development. Reconstruction, hence, must become the occasion to re-think and implement a coherent strategy of economic and social development focused on the economic potential and job creation of the areas hit.

• Implementation of the development strategy needs an effective governance framework and tools to guarantee the coordination among public and private actors and national-local partnership.

OECD policy recommendations for rebuilding after a natural disaster

Discussions between experts from OECD regions hit by natural disasters led to the elaboration of eight policy recommendations for rebuilding after a natural disaster.

  •  Make sure that short-term decisions do not constrain long-term options.
  • Identify the economic base and the social and economic drivers specific to the region to increase its resilience.
  • Develop an integrated strategy to redevelopment after a natural disaster by strengthening the dialogue among stakeholders to raise the profile of needed reforms and quality of decisions.
  • Strategic choices have to be locally led.
  • Use the occasion of a crisis to introduce reforms or standards for the country.
  • Foster public participation to help decision making.
  • Make public deliberation a regular component of the regional development strategy.
  • Build trust, increase accountability of policy-making and improve capacity of

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 Natural disaster recovery and resilience will be addressed at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held on 15-16 October Albury 2014 The Early Bird ends on 4th September 2014.



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