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Durability of quality of life enhancement of social community networks after the tsunami disaster in Aceh

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On the 26th December 2004 an Indian Ocean Tsunami took away hundred thousands of lives, houses and livelihoods. Most indigenous local people chose to settle in the same at–risk coastline after the disaster. The purpose of this research is to investigate how the tsunami survivors have recovered and enhanced their quality of life. In Meunasah Balee village, there was nothing left behind except for one mosque standing along the shoreline, but the surviving villagers revived and rebuilt their economy using their skills. A sustainable community can identify and plan its risks and recovery when a disaster strikes. Re–establishing life cycles regards quality of life as recognising the values of remaining opportunities. It is a long–term approach when planning and managing the process of holistic recovery. People can build economic vitality that allows them to improve economic functionality, such as fishery, farming and tourism. This can be used to strengthen overall sustainability and resiliency.

Keywords: sustainability, mitigation, tsunami survivors, Aceh, green economics, quality of life, social community networks, Indonesia, sustainable development, sustainable communities, fishery, farming, tourism, resiliency

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