Edwards, E, Johnson, R.M, Gardner, J and Diduck, A (2016) Community heritage and resilience in Indian Himalayan landscapes changed by disastrous flood events. In: Landscaping Change, 29-31 March 2016, Bath.

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Episodic hazard processes in mountain environments physically change landscapes (i.e. geomorphologically effective events) and also influence the communities which reside in them. This paper evaluates how local knowledge and community assets (heritage) influence vulnerability and resilience following a 1994 flood disaster, in the Phojal Nalla watershed, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Himalaya. Between 2013-2015 data collection comprised semi-structured interviews (n= 112), village walkovers and archive searches. These demonstrate that heritage does contribute to local resilience, but is not the only contributory factor. Further, the findings of this study are found to be similar to the viewpoints of the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Frameworks (Hyogo, Sendai) and the global Future Earth research platform, in respect of: ongoing vulnerabilities, the importance of heritage, and the gap which exists between international policy and in-country implementation. To rise to these challenges policy and implementation needs to: (1) improve understanding of local vulnerability; (2) better appreciate the role of heritage in the creation of resilience; (3) explore the contributions that digital communication technologies may offer; (4) evaluate how adaptive co-management may help in the delivery of more effective disaster risk reduction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 10:12
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