Lost and Used Post-disaster Development Opportunities in Bam Earthquake and the Role of Stakeholders

Abstract

Disasters provide physical, social, political and environmental development windows of opportunities that can be used during the post disaster recovery and reconstruction to not only to reconstruct the impacted areas, but also to improve the socio-economic and physical conditions of the impacted population in the long run. It is argued, however, that there is a limited time frame of approximately two years for such opportunities to be utilized efficiently. Bam earthquake in December 2003 that killed more than 27 000 and devastated the historical part of the city opened several unique opportunities for mitigation, socio-economic and physical development that could be used. This paper examines the roles that various stakeholders played in the Bam reconstruction and their contribution to the success and failure of using these opportunities. The results show that stakeholders’ collaboration and participation, knowledge and experience, long term and holistic visions, division of labor and use of resources have had significant influence on the success and failure of using post disaster opportunities.

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