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Building resilient regions after a natural catastrophe



The Case of Abruzzo

The OECD has assisted the Government of Italy in designing a long-run strategy to relaunch the local economy of The Abruzzo region, after the 2009 earthquake that struck a wide area with the city of L’Aquila (the Regional Capital) as its epicentre.

For two reasons, it is important to evaluate policies for building resilient regions after large natural disasters.


Eight recommendations

Experts from OECD countries affected by natural catastrophes came together to develop eight policy recommendations for rebuilding following a disaster. These recommendations can be used to guide countries in developing more resilient growth, as well as help them identify good practices and improve the wellbeing of their communities following natural disasters.

1. You should not make short-term decisions that limit long-term possibilities.
2. To increase resilience, identify the region’s economic base and social and economic drivers.
3. Create an integrated strategy for rehabilitation after a natural disaster. Strengthen the dialogue among stakeholders in order to raise awareness of the need to reform and improve the quality of the decisions.  
4. Local leadership is key to making strategic decisions.  
5. You can use a crisis as an opportunity to implement reforms or standards that will…

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