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    An inventory of community-led recovery initiatives in Canterbury
    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, 2012) Peryman, P. B.; Vallance, Suzanne A.
    Though there is a broad consensus that communities play a key role in disaster response and recovery, most of the existing work in this area focuses on the activities of donor agencies, formal civil defence authorities, and local/central government. Consequently, there is a paucity of research addressing the on-going actions and activities undertaken by communities and ‘emergent groups’ , particularly as they develop after the immediate civil defence or ‘response’ phase is over. In an attempt to address this gap, this inventory of community-led recovery initiatives was undertaken approximately one year after the most devastating February 2011 earthquake. It is part of on-going project at Lincoln University documenting – and seeking a better understanding of - various emergent communities’ roles in recovery, their challenges, and strategies for overcoming them. This larger project also seeks to better understand how collaborative work between informal and formal recovery efforts might be facilitated at different stages of the process. This inventory was conducted over the December 2011 – February 2012 period and builds on Landcare Research’s Christchurch Earthquake Activity Inventory which was a similar snapshot taken in April 2011. The intention behind conducting this updated inventory is to gain a longitudinal perspective of how community-led recovery activities evolve over time. Each entry is ordered alphabetically and contact details have been provided where possible. A series of keywords have also been assigned that describe the main attributes of each activity to assist searches within this document.
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    Urban resilience: Bouncing back, coping, thriving
    (AST Management, 2012-04) Vallance, Suzanne A.
    The recent Christchurch earthquakes provide a unique opportunity to better understand the relationship between pre-disaster social fault-lines and post-disaster community fracture. As a resident of Christchurch, this paper presents some of my reflections on the social structures and systems, activities, attitudes and decisions that have helped different Canterbury ‘communities’ along their road to recovery, and highlights some issues that have, unfortunately, held us back. These reflections help answer the most crucial question asked of disaster scholarship: what can recovery agencies (including local authorities) do - both before and after disaster - to promote resilience and facilitate recovery. This paper – based on three different definitions of resilience - presents a thematic account of the social recovery landscape. I argue that ‘coping’ might best be associated with adaptive capacity, however ‘thriving’ or ‘bounce forward’ versions of resilience are a function of a community’s participative capacity.
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    Tourism, the weather and future changes
    Becken, Susanne; Hendrikx, J.; Wilson, Judith; Hughey, Kenneth F. D.
    Tourism often depends on the weather for participation, satisfaction, safety, and business viability. Climate models predict increasing temperatures, changing intensity and distribution of rainfall, decreased snowfall, and sea level rise. Our study will focus on present variability and direction of change, and short-term adaptation options, but also consider future scenarios.
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    Climate variability and climate change: implications for tourism
    Becken, Susanne; Hendrikx, J.
    Tourism often depends on the weather for participation, satisfaction, safety, and business viability. Tourism also depends on natural resources and environmental attractions. Climate models predict increasing temperatures, changing intensity and distribution of rainfall, decreased snow cover, and sea level rise. The tourism industry needs to plan proactively and adapt to variability and change.
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    Developing a resilience framework to assess tourisms' response to climatic events
    (Lincoln University. LEaP., 2011-07) Becken, Susanne
    What is resilience? Described as a “… measure of the persistence of systems and of their ability to absorb change and disturbance and still maintain the same relationships between populations or state variables” (Holling, 1973:14) The essence of resilience thinking is that it explicitly seeks to address change rather than avoid it.