chapter  13
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Integrating Resilience

The steady stream of natural and man-made disastrous events (hurri-

canes, tsunami, terrorism, civil wars) experienced throughout the world

in the last few years has stimulated a great deal of interest in both

sustainability and resilience. The dialogue has expanded to include not

only psychological, social, and ecological approaches to sustainability

and resilience, but also organizational, institutional, and national

approaches. Resilience and sustainability have emerged as important

frameworks for developing our personal, communal, and organizational

capacities to withstand shocks, anticipate risks, and remain fully opera-

tional under conditions of extreme or prolonged duress while preserv-

ing our natural life-support systems.