A Building Back Better Handbook every Post-Disaster Manager Must Have

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Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better

In this post, we are featuring the “Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better, 1st Edition” book that Sandeeka Mannakkara authored, together with Suzanne Wilkinson and Regan Potangaroa.

The book explores in depth the concept and principles behind the Building Back Better (BBB), a popular slogan at post-recovery efforts after major disasters. The term was first popularised following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and has since then been associated with many events such as the 2009 Samoan Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

In a nutshell, BBB is an ‘innovative holistic approach to rebuilding a community following a disaster event in order to develop resilience’.

The United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has identified “Building Back Better” as one of the four priorities of action for global disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years.

There has been confusion and mismatch about the BBB concept which made it difficult to implement and sometimes unsuccessful. This book attempts to shed clarity and provide recovery stakeholders such as governments, NGOs, the private sector, academia and students with the tools to understand and implement the concept for better results. 

The book presents the background, development, and definitions of Building Back Better.

The authors developed the internationally recognised BBB framework and its components based on more than ten years of research is explored and explained in the book.

Findings from international research and case studies in countries such as the US, Gaza, China, Australia, UK, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Sri Lanka and New Zealand are also included in the book which provides readers and users practical recommendations for planning and implementing recovery projects.

The book discusses such subjects as:

  • construction and materials
  • building project management and techniques
  • Green constructions
  • cities and developing world
  • engineering and technology
  • georisks and hazards
  • structural engineering
  • geography: hazards and disasters
  • finance, economics, business, and industry
  • project management

The book has 11 chapters

  • Chapter 1 – Post-disaster recovery and the 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.

Users will find “Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better” very useful and practical in planning and implementing disaster recovery projects.

Disaster-prone countries, especially the Asia and Pacific countries facing climate change risks will find this book helpful in their post-disaster, climate adaptation and mitigation planning and strategies.

This is a great handbook for governments, non-governments, and private industries alike in post-disaster recovery projects to strengthen and equip local communities during and after disaster recovery projects.

If you’re looking at strengthening and equipping your local communities during and after disaster recovery projects, the “Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better” is one book that you must have.

This book, “Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better” is available now, and you can buy this book by CLICKING on the image below:

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