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Buildings 2018, 8(4), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8040050

Beyond the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Vulnerability Reduction as a Challenge Involving Historical and Traditional Buildings

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Architecture, Roma Tre University, 00155 Rome, Italy
Received: 9 December 2017 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 19 March 2018 / Published: 27 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Built Heritage: Conservation vs. Emergencies)
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In observance of the international procedures on disaster risk management, and in particular the Sendai Framework (2015), this research focuses on how more specific procedures related to it can be made effective in the treatment of historic areas worldwide. Disaster risk management is now viewed as being important in the context of historic buildings, as they are strongly related to cultural identity as well as to resilient communities, and can have a large impact on local economies. The study points out that cultural heritage might be the core field of action for capacity building in less vulnerable places, and that its protection is one of the main tasks to attend to in order to achieve the goal of vulnerability reduction. The paper also aims to answer questions such as: which actions could allow better protection of cultural heritage? Is it correct to involve local communities in reconstruction plans by capacity building and self-managed projects? How have reconstruction plans been managed recently worldwide? By further developing the applicability of the priority areas of action of the Sendai Framework, the research illustrates critical points and best practices that will hopefully support disaster risk reduction based on strategic management and remote monitoring, involving technologies and social participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster risk management and reduction; protocols; governance; conservation; masterplans; housing reconstruction disaster risk management and reduction; protocols; governance; conservation; masterplans; housing reconstruction
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