Development of disaster resilient coastal communities to enhance economic development and social welfare

Institutions: Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield & Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia

Coordinators: Professor Richard Haigh, GDRC, University of Huddersfield & Dr Harkunti Rahayu, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia

Experience over recent years of the impacts of coastal hazards such as tsunamis, storm surges, sea level rise and coastal erosion, has shown that inadequate preparation for, and response to, emergency situations have contributed to widespread damage and the avoidable loss of lives and livelihoods. These hazards set back economic development in both developed and developing economies, and tend to disproportionally affect the most vulnerable in society. The shortcomings in preparation have been due to a lack of warning through poor regional detection and communication systems, but they also reflect inadequate awareness, planning and coordination.

Recent studies and practical experiences of hazards suggest that more attention needs to be paid to the cognitive and normative challenges in positioning early warning systems and preparedness in the wider context of social change in the coastal societies and communities at risk. Better platforms for knowledge sharing need to be established to enable stakeholders to collectively negotiate these challenges, to improve the integration of early warning with other priorities such as livelihoods improvement, natural resource management and community development, and to provide opportunities for critical reflection of 'on‐the‐ground' experiences and lessons learnt.

A workshop on the development of disaster resilience coastal communities will be held from 28th October to 1st November 2015 at Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia. Further details can be obtained from: