Reducing Environmental Risks – Naturally! Developing guidance for IUCN´s future work on Disaster Risk Reduction (CEM official session)

Since 2006, IUCN CEM has been active in raising awareness about the role of ecosystems - or natural infrastructure - as a cost-effective strategy for reducing the magnitude of hazard events and protecting livelihoods. Without explicitly doing so, many conservation projects already include risk-reducing strategies and many others could go further in integrating DRR safeguards to ensure more effective project outcomes. Examples of such integrated approaches include combining coastal restoration with disaster preparedness and livelihood diversification, making space for water through wetlands restoration and early warning, responding to oil spills and more natural hazards through greener recovery strategies.

This interactive workshop will bring together practitioners from across IUCN, members and partners with experience in integrating disaster risk reduction with ecosystem management. It will lead to a set of recommendations for IUCN’s and CEM’s future work in this field. This session will be conducted in partnership with the IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme, The Nature Conservancy and the Partners for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR). Existing resources will be presented (publications, training course, websites) highlighting the ecosystem approach to disaster risk reduction. A workshop on how to prepare for and recover from disasters based on sound ecosystem based management is highly relevant to WCC´s theme.

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