Policy Brief published

We are happy to share the news that our Policy Brief is ready for download here: DOI: [10.17631/rd-2022-0006-dfram]

This document presents a framework that could improve the chances of a rapid post-disaster damage assessment and effective response in case of an earthquake, enhance the possibilities of reusing existing structures, and increase preparedness and resilience in local communities, leading to sustainable re-construction and recovery. It presents lessons from a pilot study of Bela in Kutch, Gujarat, using advanced recording technologies. The built environment of the historical area of that village was captured using 3D laser scanning—also known as LiDAR— in 5 days, resulting in an accurate and comprehensive digital data set in the form of a measurable 3D point cloud with precision of millimetres. This was combined with photographs, aerial drone capture, historical inquiry and social engagement through interviews with community members to create an enhanced digital model of Bela. This enables the digital documentation of heritage settlements and offers a platform for seismic risk assessment and the evaluation of the structural condition of buildings in a short period. This framework is structured through a strategic partnership between academia, governmental institutions and NGOs to inform actions in conserving at-risk built heritage. This involves planning and building local capacity, relevant to its potential scalability and applicability in other similar seismic-prone heritage settlements. By identifying key challenges in current legislation and policies regarding National Risk Disaster Management (DRM) and Heritage Management, this document proposes recommendations that could be relevant to inform the proposed framework’s potential implementation.

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