Book Chapter

From Recovery to Prevention: The Swiss Avalanche Program

Maria Kornakova, Alan March

URBAN PLANNING FOR DISASTER RECOVERY | BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMANN | Published : 2017

Abstract

This chapter discusses the role of disaster events in the development of prevention mechanisms. An argument is made that disaster recovery can be a catalyst for changes to long-term regulatory planning practices. More specifically, the Swiss case of land use planning and avalanche zoning is used to demonstrate how the disastrous events of 1951 revealed land speculations in country areas, leading to an increased appetite for change from residents and interventions from local communes. These interventions eventually led to the development of land use planning in the country in a new sense with a consideration of natural hazards. This chapter demonstrates how a disastrous event can reveal ongoi..

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