Capacity building for post disaster construction and demolition waste management: a case of Sri Lanka
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical framework for capacity building in
post disaster construction and demolition (C&D) waste management at a national level to address the
identified capacity gaps in managing disaster waste resulting from natural hazards.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered through pilot interviews, case studies and
expert opinion surveys representing government, non-government and other sector organisations
involved in post disaster waste management.
Findings – The study revealed unavailability of a single point of responsibility and provision for
disaster waste in existing policies and capacity constraints in prevailing peace time solid waste
management practices which were identified as major capacity gaps. Establishment of a regulatory
body and enforceable rules and regulations with necessary levels of capacities was identified and
presented in a theoretical framework comprising of seven identified areas for capacity building in post
disaster waste management.
Research limitations/implications – This study is limited to disaster C&D waste as debris
generated from totally or partially damaged buildings and infrastructure as a direct impact of natural
hazards or from demolished buildings and infrastructure at rehabilitation or early recovery stages.
Waste generated during reconstruction phase of post disaster management cycle is not considered as
disaster C&D waste for purposes of this study.
Originality/value – The research enabled analysis of existing capacities and presents approaches for
capacity building for identified gaps in post disaster C&D waste management to attain sustainable
post disaster waste management for future resilience.
Keywords Capacity building, Disaster waste, C&D, Post disaster
Paper type Research paper