Impact of integrating disaster risk reduction philosophies into infrastructure reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka

Palliyaguru, Roshani, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard 2012, Impact of integrating disaster risk reduction philosophies into infrastructure reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka, Journal of civil engineering and management, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 685-700, doi: 10.3846/13923730.2012.723322.

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Title Impact of integrating disaster risk reduction philosophies into infrastructure reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka
Author(s) Palliyaguru, Roshani
Amaratunga, Dilanthi
Haigh, Richard
Journal name Journal of civil engineering and management
Volume number 18
Issue number 5
Start page 685
End page 700
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1392-3730
Keyword(s) disaster risk reduction
infrastructure reconstruction
infrastructure vulnerability
community vulnerability
water supply and sanitation reconstruction projects
Science & Technology
Engineering, Civil
Summary Major impacts on infrastructures due to natural and man-made hazards could result in secondary and additional impacts, compounding the problem for those communities already affected by the hazard. Integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) philosophies into infrastructure projects has been an important solution to mitigate and prevent such disaster risks, as well as for a speedy recovery after disasters. Vulnerability reduction is defined by the research community as an enabler which facilitates the process of DRR. However, there is a research need to identify the most beneficial DRR strategies that would result in vulnerability reduction in an effective way. As part of this main aim, this paper seeks to explore the nature of various vulnerabilities within infrastructure reconstruction projects and their respective communities and to evaluate the DRR practises within these projects. Finally the paper attempts to map the effects of integration of DRR into infrastructure reconstruction on vulnerability reduction of infrastructure reconstruction projects and the communities which benefited from such projects. This study adopts the case study approach and the paper is entirely based on data collated from semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire survey conducted within one case study (a water supply and sanitation reconstruction project) in Sri Lanka and expert interviews conducted in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Results reveal that emergency preparedness strategies are the most important group of DRR strategies, while physical/technical strategies are also very important. However, none of the emergency preparedness strategies are satisfactorily implemented, while most of the physical/technical strategies are adequately implemented.
Language eng
DOI 10.3846/13923730.2012.723322
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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