Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Recovery Strategies

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2945




Strategies of re‐establishing order, life support systems, and human livelihoods in the area affected by a disaster. The aim of the recovery phase is to restore such an area to its previous (or better) state, if feasible.

Basic Characteristics

Recovery strategies should make it possible to re‐establish order and continuity gradually after a natural or technological disaster ( hazards, natural;  hazards, technological), to build life support systems , and human livelihoods. Recovery efforts mean much more than just rebuilding houses – they are concerned with actions that involve rebuilding destroyed property, but also re‐employment and the repair of other essential infrastructure.

After the 1755 Lisbon disaster, Marquis de Pombal led the recovery action based on three principal tasks, formulated as follows: to take care of survivors, to bury the dead, and to rebuild the city. In general, none of these tasks is easy in a post-disaster landscape.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
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  1. 1.Research Center for Agricultural and Forest EnvironmentPolish Academy of SciencesPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchPotsdamGermany