Resilience, reconstruction, and sustainable development in Chile

Authored by: Elizabeth Wagemann , Margarita Greene

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138583597
eBook ISBN: 9780429506666
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The reduction of risks from natural disasters initially arises from a humanitarian perspective, but in recent years it has been associated with the concepts of sustainable development and resilience, since it reduces the economic, social, and environmental consequences of disasters. This chapter explores the transformative potential of reconstruction programs through experiences from Chile, aiming at enriching the evolutionary perspective towards resilience and sustainable development, incorporating not only the future reduction of risks but also the possibility of improving existing, and many times long-lasting, prior deficiencies. This approach aims at using the disaster as an opportunity.

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