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Perspectives on Resilience to Disasters across Sectors and Cultures

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Walker, Brian H.; Westley, Frances
Journal: Ecology and Society
Volume: 16
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7597
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): natural disasters
Abstract: "We present some insights on the use and interpretation of resilience ideas that arose in a conference on 'Societys Resilience in Withstanding Disaster.' Three points in particular have relevance for those interested in resilience in social-ecological systems: (1) Time as a threshold vs. avoiding quick fixes; (2) Trading risks: specified vs. general resilience; (3) Response origination: building local general resilience, and general resilience in central agencies. In the latter the need is to allow improvisation, and failure, during times of crisis."

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