The recovery in countries severely affected by the tsunami such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia provides an important opportunity for building societies that are more equitable, sustainable and resilient to environmental risks. However, a lack of collective action amongst agents delivering humanitarian and livelihood support, governments, and those directly affected by the tsunami, represents a considerable obstacle in this process.

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See also the research report Vulnerability and recovery from the tsunami: building resilient coastal communities: a synthesis of factors contributing to tsunami-related vulnerability in Sri Lanka and Indonesia