Alamuddin, Hana. "The Preservation of the Natural Environment and Built Heritage in Reconstruction Projects", from the Arab Anti-Corruption Organization: Improving the Performance of the Construction and Building Sectors in the Arab Countries Conference, June 2013. Beirut, Lebanon.
The paper investigates some of the reasons why reconstruction projects, opportunities for building a better future for a war torn society , frequently become marred with corruption and continue the destruction of the fabric of society through economic means.
The first victims of the corruption in these projects are the natural environment and heritage buildings as reconstruction is taken in its narrowest of meaning, physical buildings. Ironically both of which are vital elements in the rebuilding of a country's identity, vision for its future, society and sustained economic growth; all of which are the only insurance against the re-occurrence of violence.