Protected areas - protecting people
Disaster events are increasing worldwide, setting back development goals and severely impacting conservation efforts. Most disasters are caused by people living in dangerous places, poverty and environmental degradation. In addition, climate change is expected to aggravate the disaster outlook by increasing the magnitude and frequency of hazard events. Traditional disaster risk management has mainly focused on the immediate disaster context and relied on engineering solutions for protection. These are proving inadequate and new solutions are needed that include ecosystem management. While the protection of ecosystems alone cannot halt the impacts of all disasters, there is increasing evidence that large, healthy and functioning ecosystems are more resistant to climate variations and hazard events
This event highlights the growing interest in protected areas as an effective mechanism for reducing disaster risk. It is based on a chapter in a forthcoming book “Ecosystems for Disaster Risk Reduction”, UNU Press due for publication early 2013. Learn why you should be more concerned about disaster risks and how you can engage with new partners in the emerging field of ecosystems for disaster risk reduction. This book pre-launch session will begin with a brief slide show, eyewitness support of Protected Areas for disaster reduction and an interactive Q&A session.