Approaches for assessing disaster vulnerability and building sustainable livelihoods

insights from Sri Lanka one year after the Tsunami

Fiona Miller, Frank Thomalla, Matthew Chadwick

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Abstract

The livelihoods approach to resilience building allows for holistic and integrated consideration of the institutions, capacities, natural resources and assets available to people to improve their quality of life without jeopardizing the livelihood options of others. The impacts of the 2004 tsunami on livelihoods and resources in Sri Lanka are outlined, with vulnerabilities emerging from the relief and reconstruction process identified. Vulnerability and capacity assessments are an important method by which social learning on disasters can be facilitated by linking directly with the needs, problems and solutions identified by decision makers and affected communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptation to climate variability and change
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change
Place of PublicationBoulder, Colorado
PublisherInstitute for Social and Environment Transition ; Winrock International India
Pages118-122
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9788189470050
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change - New Delhi
Duration: 5 Jan 20067 Jan 2006

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change
CityNew Delhi
Period5/01/067/01/06

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    Miller, F., Thomalla, F., & Chadwick, M. (2006). Approaches for assessing disaster vulnerability and building sustainable livelihoods: insights from Sri Lanka one year after the Tsunami. In Adaptation to climate variability and change: proceedings of the International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change (pp. 118-122). Boulder, Colorado: Institute for Social and Environment Transition ; Winrock International India.