The purpose of this paper is to address the significance of trans‐disciplinary and inter‐disciplinary collaboration, and local community participation in redevelopment efforts.
In order to illustrate this model of redevelopment, the rebuilding efforts in Maldives in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, are presented as a case study. The efforts of the Government of Maldives and several NGOs are explored and critiqued, and a novel model for redevelopment is conceptualized. The paper utilizes a comprehensive review of literature, news articles, press releases and structured interviews to gather information and provide a framework for reconstruction and redevelopment plan in Maldives.
When communities are impacted by natural disasters or developmental challenges, workers from various disciplines are brought together to assist in social reconstruction. Interdisciplinary collaboration and community involvement are key to fostering significant and sustainable changes in under‐developed communities. The Government of Maldives has set up the National Disaster Management Center to coordinate such transdiciplinary efforts and services. The current redevelopment plan is presented and a model for trans‐disciplinary collaboration is proposed by the author.
While immediate attention must be paid to restoring basic living conditions and re‐establishing local infra‐structure, long‐term efforts must focus on capacity building, increased resilience, disaster management and community empowerment. In the aftermath of the devastating tsunami, many communities are in need of coordinated and well planned models of redevelopment to ensure sustainable change and meaningful recovery.
This paper proposes an innovative, participatory model of redevelopment that can be adapted to other communities devastated by natural disasters.
Pardasani, M. (2006), "Tsunami reconstruction and redevelopment in the Maldives: A case study of community participation and social action", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 79-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653560610654257Download as .RIS
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