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Disaster recovery must be linked with development

HONG KONG (SE): Recovery from climactic disasters such as the devastating typhoons experienced in The Philippines in recent years and rehabilitation activities must be directly linked with economic development to have any lasting impact.

A summit held in Cebu on November 7, the eve of the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), declared that for recovery to be long term it must assure adaptation to new conditions and be rooted in knowledge gleaned from the ecological traditions of local indigenous peoples, as well as being community based and involving the most vulnerable people in the decision-making process.