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Resilience in the context of tsunami early warning systems and community disaster preparedness in the Indian Ocean Region
Thomalla, F.; Larsen, R.K. (2010). Resilience in the context of tsunami early warning systems and community disaster preparedness in the Indian Ocean Region, in: McFadden, L. (Ed.) Coastal hazards and vulnerability. Environmental Hazards, 9(3 - Special Issue): pp. 249-265
In: McFadden, L. (Ed.) (2010). Coastal hazards and vulnerability. Environmental Hazards, 9(3 - Special Issue). Earthscan: London. ISBN 978-1-84971-211-8. 217-318 pp., more
In: Environmental Hazards. Earthscan: Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN 1747-7891, more
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  • Thomalla, F.
  • Larsen, R.K.

Abstract
    This paper discusses insights from post-tsunami early warning system (EWS) development in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia by analysing selected elements of resilience, based on the Coastal Community Resilience (CCR) framework, and by distinguishing between the cognitive, normative and procedural dimensions of EWSs. The findings indicate that (1) recent calls to develop participatory and people-centred EWSs as promoted by the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 - 2015 have not been sufficiently translated into action in the implementation of national policies and strategies for early warning; (2) policy and guidance places significantly more emphasis on the procedural compared to the normative and cognitive dimensions of EWSs; (3) practitioners engaged in early warning and disaster risk reduction operate in contexts shaped by multiple stakeholder agendas and face considerable challenges in negotiating diverse needs and priorities; and (4) few platforms currently exist that enable stakeholders to coordinate and reconcile agendas, negotiate joint targets, share knowledge and critically reflect on lessons learnt, and to improve the integration of early warning with other priorities such as livelihoods improvement, natural resource management and community development.

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