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16 July 2021 | dataset

Housing and Resilience : Case Study from Cook Islands

The Cook Islands National Environment Service recognises the importance of the environment to the people of the Cook Islands. Our cultural identity is deeply rooted in our environment and it is a part of our heritage and legacy that must be passed on to future generations of Cook Islanders. As caretakers of the land, we must take pride in its natural beauty and it is critical to ensure that we work now to protect and conserve this precious resource. With careful nurturing, conservation and sound management we can achieve sustainable development while protecting our environmental, social and cultural heritage.

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The Pacific Islands is widely known as being highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. In addition to long-term impacts such as sea level rise, current impacts such as tropical cyclones wreak havoc and the housing sector is often most severely affected. There is therefore a critical need for assessing the resilience of housing in the region. In response to that need, an evaluation tool for assessing housing resilience was developed. The analytical framework of the tool consists of five main factors - Inputs, Output, Result, Impacts & Effects, and External Factors - and the tool was tested in the Cook Islands. The sustainability of these interventions, and indeed that of the islands facing severe resource constraints and rapid demographic and environmental change, posed serious questions. The study allowed confirming the importance of the evaluation tool in the global context of climate change and consequent widespread disaster occurrence, and the devastating impact on the housing sector. In that respect, while there are obvious implications for other Pacific islands, the findings of the study offer wider global lessons for the multiplicity of agencies engaged in housing reconstruction, disaster risk reduction and development.

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Housing and Resilience Study

The findings of the study offer wider global…

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Publisher Cook Islands National Environment Service
Modified 16 July 2021
Release Date 16 July 2021
Homepage URL https://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:32246
Identifier 6315e1c6-78af-4faf-b69d-85464989a599
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Cook Islands
Language English
License Public
[Open Data]
Author Ahmed, Iftekhar
Contact Name RMIT Research Repository
Contact Email [email protected]