Examining the impacts of disaster resettlement from a livelihood perspective: a case study of Qinling Mountains, China

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Guo, X.
Kapucu, N.

Title

Examining the impacts of disaster resettlement from a livelihood perspective: a case study of Qinling Mountains, China

Year

2017

Journal

Disasters

Abstract

Disaster resettlement, as a mitigation and preparedness measure, entails significant economic, physical, and social impacts, which continue to challenge understanding of recovery from major events, especially regarding the extent of the context and environmental efforts to rebuild livelihoods. Based on a case study of Qinling Mountains, China, this research investigates the effects of disaster resettlement from a livelihoods perspective. Methodologically, it proposes a framework that combines the pressure–state–response framework and the sustainable livelihoods approach, and it employs a structural equation model to examine how specific factors affect disaster resettlement. The results indicate that conflicts may occur during and after resettlement owing to the difference or disparity between the concerns of resettled peasants and those of the government. Consequently, the risks related to livelihoods need to be taken seriously. Effective risk communication is critical to bridge the gap between different stakeholders. The paper concludes with some practical and policy recommendations

Citation

Guo, X., & Kapucu, N. (2017). Examining the impacts of disaster resettlement from a livelihood perspective: a case study of Qinling Mountains, China. Disasters. URL : http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.12242/full

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