17 March 2012
The forum discussed priorities for a regional development strategy to regenerate the region and economy of L’Aquila after the 2009 earthquake. Discussions included members of the local community, all levels of government and relevant institutions.
A strong momentum for change was built through the meeting. Experts from Japan, New Zealand, Turkey and United States shared their experiences of redevelopment of regions after a natural disaster. The OECD report (under preparation) Building Resilient Regions after a Natural Disaster: The case of Abruzzo is an opportunity to build a network of regions hit by natural disasters to exchange practices for policy-making.
The Forum was chaired by Minister Fabrizio Barca. Prime Minister Mario Monti joined the Forum together with Francesco Profumo, Minister for Research, Education and Innovation, as well as Anna Maria Cancellieri, Minister of Interior. Over 300 people representing local and regional institutions, including the President of the Region Abruzzo and the Mayor of L’Aquila, the University, business sector and civil society attended this forum.
The Forum is part of an ongoing study carried out in collaboration with the University of Groningen and commissioned by the Department for Development and Economic Cohesion in the Ministry of Economic Development (National Operational Program “Governance and Technical Assistance ERDS 2007 – 2013) and the Comitato Abruzzo (Business Association and Unions). The study Buidling resilient regions: Practices and lessons for policy making will be completed in December 2012.
Media Coverage (in Italian)
Building Resilient Regions after a Natural Disaster: The case of Abruzzo - Publication (2013)
This publication provides evidence-based recommendations on rebuilding regions in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The work builds on post-disaster experiences in Japan, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States.
L'Aquila Earthquake: Re-launching the Economy (Workshop, 2009)
This workshop held on 3 July 2009 examined policy options for relaunching the economy of the Aquila region after the earthquake.
Session 1: Improve Business Networks, Upgrade Skills and Strengthen Connections between University and Business
Session 2: Unlock the potential of the natural environment, cultural heritage and sustainable resources
Session 3: Governance: A New Pact to Overcome Fragmentation, Build Public Knowledge and Foster Community Engagement
Reporting of the options considered in the Forum:
Monica Brezzi, Head, Regional Analysis and Statistics, Regional Development Policy Division, OECD, and Philip McCann, Professor, University of Groningen Netherlands
Reactions to the preliminary conclusions of the project:
Concluding remarks: Mario Monti, Prime Minister, Italy