Author/s:

Chowdhooree, I.

Publisher:

The University of Queensland, Australia

Year of Publication:

2018

Community perceptions of flood resilience hinge upon the translation of their impressions of events in the built environment, which influence that community’s ability to resist, cope with and recover from the adverse impacts of flooding. Any change in the built environment with structural mitigation measures, moderates community perceptions of resilience. These structures may be constructed from local or imported materials and may involve indigenous or non-traditional methods. Particularly in developing countries, non-governmental organizations (NGO)- often in collaboration with communities – design and fund nontraditional structural measures (e.g. brick walls, concrete blocks revetments) to enhance community resilience. Considering the impacts of these measures upon communities, exploration of community reactions towards these measures and their consequences is essential. This research explores perceptions of community flood resilience amongst adults from haor communities in Bangladesh’s Haor region from a perspective of change in the surrounding environment, with structural mitigation measures as an outcome of development planning activities. This is challenged with the dilemma of rational and participatory planning paradigms.

This research lays the empirical evidences to articulate better understanding of community resilience from the perspective of development. Through discovering the reasons of support dependency of marginalized communities, this research proves the necessity of practicing community participation at a meaningful level and prioritizing community concerns and demands in the planning process. This discovery contributes to inform decision makers’ understanding of NGOs and their ways of practice.

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