Prioritising wellbeing and resilience to Build Back Better: insights from a Dominican small-scale fishing community

Forster, Johanna, Shelton, Clare, White, Carole, Dupeyron, Agathe and Mizinova, Alena (2022) Prioritising wellbeing and resilience to Build Back Better: insights from a Dominican small-scale fishing community. Disasters. ISSN 0361-3666

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Climate change is increasing the severity of extreme weather events, particularly hurricanes,presenting a significant challenge to Caribbean coastal communities. In the aftermath of a major disaster government interventions typically prioritise infrastructure, assets, and the economy through rebuilding roads, reviving economic sectors, and providing financial compensation. This is driven by a focus on macro-level quantitative indicators rather than local, multidimensional subjective and relational factors, closer to lived experiences and livelihoods. Usingframeworks outlining social wellbeing and agency, this paper explores strategies used by a fisheries-dependent community in Dominica to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017 and pursue wellbeing. Findingshighlight the importance of multi-dimensional wellbeing, particularly relational and subjectivedimensions, including existing social networks, and personal relationships critical for recovery post-Maria. Further, we demonstrate how recovery initiatives solely focused on material wellbeingsuch as employment, can undermine agency in the capacity of a community to recover and build resilience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,caribbean,disaster risk management,environmental hazards,small-scale fisheries,social wellbeing,sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 16:30
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12541

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