Prioritizing built environment policies as a prevention tool
With regard to tangible cultural heritage, if we accept that “all disasters affect the built environment”, that disasters are on the increase, and that more and more people are forced to live in unsafe locations, then the responsibility to take account of disasters in construction becomes of primary, not secondary importance. Safer building practices can help prevent disasters altogether and buildings can be modified to prepare for disasters. Infrastructure needs to be rebuilt stronger, to mitigate damage. Warner and Engel (for literature source see original document) and many other scholars, recommend involving the property owners in construction and reconstruction. The participation of affected citizens in decision-making not only empowers them by giving them ownership of the process, but also allows for the transfer of the valuable traditional technical skills that will ensure the sustainability of construction.
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