Three Brookings Reports on Disaster Adaptation

Brookings Institution
Relocation after disaster: Engaging with insured residential property owners in Greater Christchurch’s land-damaged ‘Residential Red Zone’ by Michelle Mitchell

Between September 4, 2010 and December 23, 2011, Christchurch (New Zealand’s second-largest city), the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts, and surrounds were struck by a series of large earthquakes causing extensive land and property damage; one of them, on February 2, 2011, resulted in 185 fatalities. The case study outlines the New Zealand government’s response to earthquake-caused land damage in residential areas by way of a voluntary Crown offer to buy ‘red zone’ land from insured property owners, and demonstrates how effective community engagement enables people-centered implementation to occur.

Planned relocations in the context of natural disasters: The case of Sri Lanka / by Centre for Migration Research and Development

This is a case study about the relocation experience of 18 families that were resettled in Kananke Watta, in Matara District, Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Sixteen of these families originally lived very close to the sea. They were relocated to Kananke Watta, a bare land located in the interior, which was converted into a resettlement site after the tsunami. The remaining two families moved in later, one having bought property there and the other renting it from the original owners.

Planned relocations in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: A successful model for climate change adaptation, a cautionary tale, or both? / by Jane M. Chun

The Vietnamese government has adopted numerous national policies related to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, reflecting its concern and attention to the issues. In this context, relocation programs feature as one of the government’s key climate change adaptation strategies to decrease the exposure and vulnerability of populations at risk. This case study seeks to shed some light on government relocation outcomes based on empirical findings from two upstream areas—Vinh Tri commune, Long An province and Long Thuan commune, Dong Thap province.

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