Building hazard resilient communities in coastal southeast asia: Lessons for research, policy and practice

Frank Thomalla*, Rasmus Klocker Larsen, Lele Zou, Fiona Miller

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Drawing on a systematic review of coastal hazard vulnerability in Southeast Asia, an analysis of emerging post-disaster vulnerabilities in Sri Lanka and Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and a global consultative process and expert analysis of the human dimensions of vulnerability to global environmental change that included an analysis of coastal urbanization and climate change, this paper aims to summarise key findings on the state of knowledge of the causal factors contributing to social vulnerability to coastal hazards and the relevance of current research for practitioners and policymakers. Whilst the scientific understanding of the increasingly complex and interacting socio-economic and environmental processes contributing to vulnerability has improved considerably during the last decades, important challenges remain in translating these insights into operational assessment methodologies for practitioners and tools for decision-makers to develop effective management strategies and policies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience against environmental risks. The results of this analysis indicate an urgent need to develop and apply approaches that focus more strongly on the needs of those affected by disasters and to create processes that enable communication and learning between researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008 - Proceedings of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008
Place of PublicationReston, VA
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780784409688
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008 - Oahu, HI, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 200816 Apr 2008


OtherSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOahu, HI


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