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Policy Making after Disasters
Helping Regions Become Resilient – The Case of Post-Earthquake Abruzzo
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  14 Mar 2013
Pages: 224 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264189546 , OECD Code: 042013011P1
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Abruzzo is at a tipping point: despite economic, cultural and natural strengths, the region is facing declining economic growth, ageing population and a reduction in outside economic aid. The devastating earthquake that hit the regional capital L’Aquila and its surroundings on 6 April 2009 caused 309 deaths and was a significant economic shock, jeopardizing the long-term growth prospects of an already vulnerable region.

To increase its resilience to current and future shocks, Abruzzo must encourage innovation-driven growth, based on knowledge and better use of skills, and redesign the city of L’Aquila through technological upgrade to make it more attractive to outsiders and improve the quality of life of its residents.

The report suggests that Abruzzo should focus on endogenous resources to build its long-term development strategy and, at the same time, to increase the external openness of the regional system to attract more entrepreneurs, students, foreigners and external capital. The economic development and quality of societal life in Abruzzo will strongly depend on how private and public actors will make the best use of existing knowledge, strengthening the cultural and economic networks as a major tool for growth; as well as promoting information sharing, transparency, accountability and community engagement to improve decision making.

More broadly, the issues raised in the report can help other governments to rethink regional policy, for both regions vulnerable to natural disasters and for those facing long-term decline. As such, eight guiding recommendations for building resilient regions after a disaster are drawn. These guiding recommendations can provide a framework for policy making in other OECD regions.


Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1.
Regional trends and development challenges in Abruzzo
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The economy of Abruzzo
-The territorial organisation in the Abruzzo region
-The region and the natural disaster
-Abruzzo towards 2030: Challenges
-Bibliography
Chapter 2. A renewed governance system to improve regional policy in Abruzzo
-Introduction: An integrated regional development strategy for Abruzzo
-Reshaping territorial relationships
-Regional and local capacity for strategic planning
-Addressing the governance challenges
-Conclusions and main recommendations
-Bibliography
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Annex 2.A1. Sub-national capacities for public investment: Assessment qustions
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Annex 2.A2. OECD Survey on Public Governance for Abruzzo
Chapter 3. Open policy making to build a resilient Abruzzo
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Introduction
-Community engagement in post-disaster regions
-Community engagement in L’Aquila after the 2009 earthquake
-Towards a new governance of reconstruction
-Democratic deliberation for informed decision making
-Conclusions and main recommendations
-Bibliography
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Annex 3.A1. OECD and University of Groningen Community Survey in L'Aquila
Chapter 4. Regional innovation strategy
-Introduction
-Upgrading and restructuring the regional economy
-Connecting businesses
-Skills and employment
-Conclusions and main recommendations
-Bibliography
Chapter 5. Improving the use of the cultural heritage and natural environment
-Introduction
-Natural conservation and regional development in Abruzzo
-Improving and expanding the production of tourism goods and services
-Conclusions and main policy recommendations
-Bibliography
Chapter 6. An agenda for L’Aquila towards 2030
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Introduction
-L'Aquila as a knowledge-driven city: Higher education and research
-L’Aquila as a “smart city”
-L’Aquila as a creative city
-L’Aquila as an open and inclusive city
-Conclusions and main recommendations
-Bibliography
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Annex 6.A1. Smart environmental and energy systems
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Annex 6.A2. Interactive systems for ageing and social inclusion
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Annex 6.A3. Smart city networks, fora and research programmes
Chapter 7. Lessons for policy making in post-disaster regions

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