PERCEPTIONS OF SAFETY AND RISK OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
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.
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,
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.