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‘Building back better’ in the context of multi‐hazards in the Caribbean

Authors
  • Jones, Eleanor1
  • Doughorty, Kristinia2
  • Brown, Pietra3
  • 1 University of the West Indies Mona, and Environment and Disaster Risk Management Strategist, Environmental Solutions Limited, Jamaica , (Jamaica)
  • 2 University of the West Indies Mona, and Environmental Analyst, Environmental Solutions Limited, Jamaica , (Jamaica)
  • 3 University of the West Indies Mona and Environmental Analyst, Environmental Solutions Limited, Jamaica , (Jamaica)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Disasters
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons Inc.
Publication Date
May 25, 2022
Volume
46
Issue
Suppl 1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12545
PMID: 35416330
PMCID: PMC9544972
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Papers
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Abstract

The multi‐hazard vulnerability of Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean has underpinned the repeated saga of destructive natural and anthropogenic events that have disrupted land, livelihoods, the economy, and society over the past several decades. Preparedness and response have been the focus of national governments and regional entities and the repeated battering calls into question the concept of recovery and ‘building back better’. This paper examines the concept of recovery and ‘building back better’ in the context of the Caribbean, paying particular attention to the experience of the selected countries of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. These nations have recently been impacted by different disasters, ranging from storms to earthquakes to volcanic eruptions. This paper also explores the similarities among the recommendations concerning recovery needs, presenting key insights into suggested approaches for an inclusive people‐centred recovery process that ‘builds back better’.

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