FACES AND VOICES OF NEPAL

by Martina Manna May. 22, 2017 1895 views

PERCEPTIONS OF SAFETY AND RISK OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Nepal 2016-2017

“I AM AFRAID OF GOING ON THE SECOND FLOOR, IT CAN FALL AT ANY TIME, I AM SAFE DOWN HERE” (INTERVIEWS, DECEMBER 2016)

In Nepal many Rural communities were left devastated after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.  Two years on, these communities have recovered and are rebuilding with their own time, knowledge and resources. The window of opportunity to support these community to Build Back Better is however closing. Owner-driven initiatives are driving the reconstruction process in rural areas. 

“IT IS NOT A PROBLEM TO HAVE ROCKS, THE NEXT STRONG EARTHQUAKE WON’T HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON, MAYBE 80 YEARS” (INTERVIEWS JANUARY 2017)

Research in the field confirmed the hypothesis that the maladaptation of the built environment, during post-disaster reconstruction, is directly correlated to peoples perception of risk and safety. The physical environment, influenced by decision making-process guided by prioritization scheme and perception of hazard, is shaped accordingly,  


“THE HOUSE IS SAFE ENOUGH FOR COOKING AND STORING GRAINS, BUT NOT FOR SLEEPING” (INTERVIEWS, DECEMBER 2016)

Social factors are a key element affecting post-disaster reconstruction and cannot be underestimated when implementing programs on the ground.  The social environment can play a fundamental role in creating safer and more sustainable communities.


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