In April 2008, the Resilient Organisations Research Programme hosted the 4th International i-Rec conference on post-disaster reconstruction in Christchurch, New Zealand. Papers presented at the Conference were wide-ranging, covering a number of topical issues for post-disaster reconstruction from around the world.
Report: Summary of learnings from the 4th International i-REC Conference
This report provides a high level summary of some of the learning’s that emerged during the conference, and the lessons that may be taken from the experience of those who work at the forefront of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts, as well as those who have researched relevant post-disaster reconstruction issues. Key themes discussed in this report include:
1. The importance of proactive planning for post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.
2. Focusing on ‘Building Back Better’ and community recovery.
3. Enablers and barriers for reconstruction programmes.
4. Reducing vulnerability through better design.