Coastal Hazards Planning: The 2009 Tsunami and Lessons Learned for Climate Change Adaptation in Samoa

  • Namouta Poutasi
  • Michele DalyEmail author
  • Jude Kohlhase
  • Filomena Nelson
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)


This chapter describes a coastal hazards planning project in Samoa which reduces the vulnerability of coastal communities and strengthens institutional and community capability to adapt to and manage climate-related disasters. Key elements included respect for fa’a Samoa and fa’a matai, culturally appropriate processes and plans and integration of planning and disaster management frameworks.


Coastal hazards Coastal infrastructure Coastal planning Samoa Community resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Namouta Poutasi
    • 1
  • Michele Daly
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jude Kohlhase
    • 3
  • Filomena Nelson
    • 4
  1. 1.Integrity ProfessionalsAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Risk and Society DepartmentGNS Science LtdLower HuttNew Zealand
  3. 3.Planning and Urban Management AgencyMinistry of Natural Resources and Environment ApiaApiaSamoa
  4. 4.Disaster Management OfficeMinistry of Natural Resources and EnvironmentApiaSamoa

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