Oct 6

Past Event

Rebuilding a City: The Dos and Don’ts in Post-Disaster Urban Recovery

Event Materials

Video

Highlights

  • Mitigating Impact of Disasters

    Abbas Jha, World Bank: What keeps me awake at night is that given all we know about earthquakes and other disasters, we’re still unable to fully prepare for them and mitigate their impact.

  • Expanding Urban Centers Pose Challenges

    Elizabeth Ferris: As urban centers around the world continue to grow, they become more vulnerable to the ravages of natural disasters; this presents a host of unique challenges for governments and relief organizations alike.

    Elizabeth Ferris

  • Coping With Global Slums

    Charles Setchell, USAID: In the future, slums will be the dominant form of global housing, so governments and relief organizations need to develop new methods of disaster response today to meet the challenge of urban disasters tomorrow.

  • Disaster Relief Should Ease Recovery Burden

    Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity, International: Disaster relief should ease the recovery burden on affected communities and give residents the foundation needed to rebuild their lives.

  • Preparing for Future Disasters

    Maggie Stephenson, UN-Habitat: It’s not changing the outcome for the crisis of the moment; rather it’s investing in the future and preparing for those disasters that will likely occur.

  • Disaster Victims Need Jobs

    Amy Liu: It is impossible for any city to recover from a catastrophic event without an economy to support its residents. In New Orleans, there’s been an urgent call for residents to return to the city, but what are they going back to?

    Amy Liu

  • Mitigating Impact of Disasters

    Abbas Jha, World Bank: What keeps me awake at night is that given all we know about earthquakes and other disasters, we’re still unable to fully prepare for them and mitigate their impact.

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Summary

Population growth, urbanization and climate change expose increasing numbers of people to natural hazards in urban areas. From New Orleans in 2005 to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010, recent urban disasters in developing and developed countries have drawn attention to challenges in post-disaster reconstruction of urban areas.

On October 6, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and Habitat for Humanity International hosted a discussion on the challenges of urban disaster recovery, focusing on shelter and housing, urban planning, long-term reconstruction, and disaster risk reduction as components in disaster- and climate-proofing our cities. Panelists included Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International; Brookings Senior Fellow Amy Liu, co-director of the Metropolitan Policy Program; Abhas Jha, lead urban specialist and regional coordinator for disaster risk management at the World Bank; Maggie Stephenson, senior technical advisor for Haiti at UN-HABITAT; and Charles Setchell, senior shelter, settlements, and hazard mitigation advisor at USAID. Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris, co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

Details

October 6, 2011

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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