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.
In 2012-2015, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) supported a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Sudan. The Eco-DRR project was implemented in partnership with the National Government, the State Government of North Darfur, Practical Action, and local communitybased organizations.
In 2011 Practical Action published From Vulnerability to Resilience: A Framework for Analysis and Action to Build Community Resilience. This was one of the rst attempts by a development NGO to operationalize resilience and it provided project workers with a framework to apply the resilience concept to their projects. This policy brief updates our thinking on resilience. Using the experiences gained from the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme and our interac- tions with alliance partners, we have updated the Vulnerability to Resilience framework.