Forum News 12.1: Reconstructing Vulnerability or Reconstruction with Change?
Following recent events, the ability of the transport sector to respond to both the immediate and long-term demands of disaster situations has returned to the spotlight. Forum News last addressed this issue in 2002 when we focused on the minimisation of risk prior to natural disasters in order to reduce vulnerability. In this edition, we highlight the issue from another angle, advocating that the prevention of risk should also be a key component of disaster rehabilitation.
The articles here contrast learning from Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the Orissa cyclone of 1999, with the approaches emerging in post- Tsunami Sri Lanka today, and we examine the transport sector’s ability to balance its awareness of social issues and long-term planning for sustainability with the need to act immediately. This Forum News concludes by revisiting the proposal for an Access in Emergency network. Could this provide a means of ensuring that the transport sector’s immediate response carries with it the learning from the past?
Date: March 2005
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