Resources for Reconstructing Housing and Communities after Natural Disasters
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Handbook Guiding Principles
- A good reconstruction policy helps reactivate communities and empowers people to rebuild their housing, their lives, and their livelihoods.
- Reconstruction begins the day of the disaster.
- Community members should be partners in policy making and leaders of local implementation.
- Reconstruction policy and plans should be financially realistic but ambitious with respect to disaster risk reduction.
- Institutions matter and coordination among them improves outcomes.
- Reconstruction is an opportunity to plan for the future and to conserve the past.
- Relocation disrupts lives and should be minimized.
- Civil society and the private sector are important parts of the solution.
- Assessment and monitoring can improve reconstruction outcomes.
- To contribute to long-term development, reconstruction must be sustainable.
- The last word: every reconstruction project is unique.