Resilience Expert: Natural disasters present opportunities for development

Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London delivers the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. (Photo via CDB)
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Natural disasters present an opportunity for sustainable development, says Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London. Delivering the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada, the resilience expert argued that although generally unwelcome, disasters provide focus and momentum to address previously existing development gaps.

“Addressing disaster through risk reduction and post-disaster response surfaces unmet development failures that have lain, accumulating over time,” said Pelling.

“I want to argue that wherever disaster management work is placed outside everyday development policy and practice there is a missed opportunity for sustainable development,” he added.

The Lecture took place ahead of the official opening of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Pelling, who spoke on the topic, “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction” joined a distinguished roster of speakers who have delivered the Lecture, which is part of the agenda of the CDB Annual Meeting.

From left, Her Excellency Dr. Cécile La Grenade, Governor General, Grenada; Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, Caribbean Development Bank and his wife Dr. Anne-Marie Irvine, listen to Mark Pelling as he delivers the 9th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. (Photo via CDB)

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