The purpose of this document is to create a cohesive documented body of knowledge for disaster recovery planners and policy makers, in the recognition that preventive measures are vital to reducing the more costly efforts of responding to disasters. It is an initial step in documenting, collecting and sharing disaster recovery experiences and lessons. It is intended to present a collection of the successes and failures of past experiences in disaster recovery that will serve to inform the planning and implementation of future recovery initiatives. The aim is not to recommend actions, but to place before the reader a menu of options.
The publication draws from documented experiences of past and present recovery efforts, collected through a desk review and
consultations with relevant experts. The collected materials are presented in the form of cases, loosely organized under several key issues and approaches. The key issues are the following: (i) climate resilient livelihoods; (ii) climate resilient infrastructure; (iii) stronger institutions for climate resilient recovery; (iv) community based approaches for climate resilience; and (v) health and climate change.
The document is primarily intended for use by policymakers, planners, and implementers of local, regional and national government bodies interested or engaged in facilitating a more responsive, sustainable, and risk-reducing recovery process.