Nature-based solutions provide an opportunity to better integrate the agendas of climate action, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity conservation into a coherent and holistic approach.
Ecosystems can provide benefits for flood risk reduction. Nature-based solutions should be part of broader disaster and climate risk management strategies, complementing other measures such as land use planning and built infrastructure.
Hannah Reid, Marta Pérez de Madrid and Orsibal Ramírez
Hannah Reid and Anu Adhikari
Hannah Reid and Victor Orindi
Hannah Reid and Karen Podvin
Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) is a global initiative implemented from 2012 to 2017 to promote the use of ecosystem-based approaches and protect communities from disasters and the negative impacts of climate change. It also aimed to have ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction recognised in key global frameworks such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Author: Ann Moey, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia with contribution from Anushae Parakh, Programme Assistant for Mangroves for the Future
Near the Sundarbans, home to the largest mangrove forest in the world, Promila makes her living by making mats out of a grass-like wetlands plant called ‘reed’. Depending on size, these mats are sold at US$1 to $7 through a community enterprise established by Promila and her friends.
This publication discusses several cases of collaborations between various stakeholders to achieve resilience to disaster risk. In fact it explains how collaboration among business, government and NGOs could be the key to living with turbulence and change in the 21st Century These collaborations combine the capacities, talents, reach and resources of the public and private sectors and civil society to activate change. Collaboration is chosen because of growing recognition that the sectors have overlapping interests and there are mutual gains to be made.
This report presents tools and methods of a vulnerability and impacts assessment (VIA) of both climatic and non-climatic changes on ecosystem services and community livelihoods in the Panchase Mountain Ecological Region (PMER). The assessment was conducted to develop the information and knowledge needed for human-centered adaptation strategies in order to develop a sustainable ecosystem management plan for the PMER and its surrounding areas. These types of strategies would reduce climate risks and enhance the resilience of local communities and ecosystems.
Advice for disaster risk reduction specialists and protected area managers on how best to use protected area systems as effective buffers, to prevent natural hazards from developing into unnatural disasters
Nigel Dudley, Camille Buyck, Naoya Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, a state member of IUCN, confronted the utter devastation of category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam which tore through the islands a few weeks ago leaving behind almost 90 percent damages to buildings, to agriculture, infrastructure and ecosystems. Wind estimates suggest Port Vila sustained gusts up to 90 mph, while some Vanuatu islands saw gusts of 190 mph. At its peak, experts say gusts were close to 200 mph. This may well be one of the few powerful tropical cyclones anticipated to impact on any island state in the South Pacific.
The Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya, the biggest in the world, is vastly overstretched due to an influx of people fleeing conflict in the wider Eastern Africa region. The local environment is equally feeling the strain.
Settling huge numbers of refugees for a prolonged period of time has a profound negative impact on the environment. Problems include deforestation, land degradation and pollution of water resources. There is also intense competition between refugees and host communities over natural resources.
This first Manual within the series concerns the management of disaster risks for World Heritage properties. It focuses on one approach to the principles, methodology and process for managing disaster risks at cultural and natural World Heritage properties.
By: Zabardast Khan Bangash
The World Conservation Union launches a five-year programme to reduce the vulnerability and improve the livelihoods of coastal communities in twelve countries in Asia and Africa. The programme will work with communities to restore ecosystems and improve livelihoods in severely degraded coastal zones, and integrate ecosystem concerns into post-tsunami reconstruction and development processes at local and national levels.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and CARE International warn against a serious environmental hazard in earthquake affected areas