RECUPERA CHILE works in the communities of Cobquecura, Dichato, Perales and selected coast areas of the Biobío Region to serve as a prototype for how disaster-recovery best practices can be applied. Taken together, these communities are meant to serve as an international model for comunity-based recovery after a disaster.
NETWORK AND LOCAL CAPABILITIES BUILDING
Recupera Chile is a comprehensive, intersectoral initiative supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (DRCLAS). Recupera Chile brings together community, governmental and academic partners with the goal of leveraging community and academic knowledge and expertise in support of these three southern Chile communities. Recupera Chile aims to create local and international networks to implement the projects in the short term as well as to build long-term solutions for sustainability.
Recupera Chile recognizes the community as the main driver of the recovery/development process and because of that, the community has a central role to play. A recovery/development plan is designed with the community following a bottom-up approach in which the planning team receives the inputs from the local government, community leaders and associations and local entrepreneurs and then puts in place the community-driven plan.
The recovery/development plan consists of a thoughtful analysis and a long-term objective (improvement of the quality of life), which in turn is composed of a series of individual projects and actions that follow a bottom-up approach. These projects are identified and prioritized by the community and supported by Recupera Chile.