, according to the 2017 “Unbreakable” report. The Caribbean Hurricane season of 2017 was a tragic illustration of this.
Not one, but two Category 5 hurricanes wreaked destruction on numerous small islands, causing severe damages on islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Martin. The human cost of these disasters was immense, and the impact of this devastation was felt most strongly by poorer communities in the path of the storms.
A new report, “Building Back Better: Achieving Resilience through Strong, Faster, and More Inclusive Post-Disaster Reconstruction,” explores how countries can strengthen their resilience to natural shocks through a better reconstruction process. It shows that reconstruction needs to be:
- Strong, so that assets and livelihoods become less vulnerable to future shocks;
- Fast, so that people can get back to their normal life as early as possible; and
- Inclusive, so that nobody is left behind in the recovery process.
This report shows how the benefits of building back better could be very large – up to $173 billion per year – and that these benefits would be greatest among the communities and countries that are hit by disasters most intensely and frequently.
For a selection of small island states, the “Building Back Better” report shows that In these countries and in the rest of the world, reconstruction offers an opportunity to learn from disasters and ensure that we break the cycle of repeated catastrophes.
Download the report here: Building Back Better: Achieving Resilience through Strong, Faster, and More Inclusive Post-Disaster Reconstruction
- Report: Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters
- Press release: Building Back Better: How to Cut Natural Disaster Losses by a Third
- Video blog: What Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines told us about building back better
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