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The role of the Panglima Laot customary institution in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh

This chapter aims to contribute to understanding of community-based appraoches during major disaster recoveries.

Agus Nugroho, Frank Thomalla, Michael Boyland / Published on 6 April 2017

Boyland, M., A. Nugroho and F. Thomalla (2017). The role of the Panglima Laot customary institution in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh. In Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Progress, Challenges, and Issues. R. Djalante, M. Garschagen, F. Thomalla, and R. Shaw (eds). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland.

This chapter is based on research conducted by SEI as part of the APN-funded project “An analysis of longer-term recovery following major disasters in the Asia Pacific Region: Lessons for resilient development“). In this project the authors studied aspects of the tsunami recovery in coastal communities of Aceh following the formal conclusion of the disaster recovery phase from the perspective of the Panglima Laot. The study offers important lessons for actors engaged in localized post-disaster operations that aim to build resilience on leadership, community engagement, and people-centred recovery approaches. It shows that the Panglima Laot was instrumental in the recovery of Aceh’s coastal fishing communities because people had trust in the institution, its role as a mediator between communities and government and NGO actors, and its leadership in implementing, monitoring and evaluating livelihood recovery programmes that addressed community needs.

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SEI authors

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Agus Nugroho

Programme Manager

SEI Asia

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Frank Thomalla

SEI Affiliated Researcher

SEI Asia

Topics and subtopics
Climate : Disaster risk / Water : Disaster risk

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