DF85. Applications of selected research outputs for the Mitigation and Management of Crisis and Recovery Operations.


SEACAP is a poverty-targeted rural transport initiative. It is aimed at improving the sustainable access of poor people in rural communities to health, education, employment and trade opportunities, with projects currently in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos PDR. SEACAP provides funding for applied research to solve rural access problems, disseminating information about the research outcomes to stakeholders, and supporting the mainstreaming of the solutions. SEACAP research is not specifically directed towards crisis and recovery operations. However, the principles of a local resource approach readily span both development and crisis engineering applications. This paper draws together four short technical notes. The technical notes are derived from the outputs of SEACAP and the UNOPS Community Access Programme in Sri Lanka. These outputs have direct application for mitigating and managing crisis and recovery operations. The subjects covered herein include:

i. Experience and techniques for risk and hazard assessment for managing mountain slope instability;

ii. Bio-engineering for road embankment and mountain slope erosion protection and stabilisation;

iii. The use of tsunami debris as material for constructing rural roads; and,

iv. The development of standards and specifications that allow engineers to construct roads with available materials


Presented at the International Recovery Forum 2009“Building Back Better and Greener”, 26 - 27 January 2009, Kobe, Japan. 24 pp. (paper) + 42 pp. (powerpoint)

Published 1 January 2009