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TUE5.4: Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving from Theory to Practice
Time: Tuesday, 28/Aug/2012: 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Session Chair: Muralee THUMMARUKUDY, United Nations Environment Programme
Location: Sanada 1

Session organized by PEDRR

Session Abstract


Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving from Theory to Practice

Muralee THUMMARUKUDY1, Marisol ESTRELLA1, Kaia BOE2, Radhika MURTI2

1United Nations Environment Programme; 2International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

There is increasing evidence that healthy ecosystems provide multiple disaster risk reduction services. Healthy and well-managed ecosystems- such as coral reefs, mangroves, forests and wetlands- reduce disaster risk by acting as natural buffers or protective barriers, for instance through flood and landslide mitigation and water filtration and absorption. At the same time, fully-functioning ecosystems build local resilience against disasters by sustaining livelihoods and providing important products to local populations.

Although there is growing global awareness that halting environmental degradation and improving management of ecosystems and natural resources play an essential role in reducing human vulnerability to disasters, there has been a significant lag in investing in and applying ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction. Environmental sustainability and disaster resilience must be built into local and national development to protect lives and assets, sustain livelihoods and manage climate change impacts.

This session aims to explore the reasons behind the slow progression from theory to practice from a multi-sectoral perspective. It will bring together practitioners and decision makers who have to make investment decisions on disaster risk reduction and look at the issue from a diagnostic point of view. Through these discussions we will identify key enabling factors and effective processes for mainstreaming and applying ecosystem-based DRR so as inform the wider DRR and development community.

Session Speakers include:

Mr. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan

Honorable Minister for Home Affairs for the State of Kerala, India

Prof. Abé Delfin Ochou

National Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development, Côte d'lvoire

Ms. Marta Monjane

Technical Coordinator for Forest and Climate Change in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

Mr. Daniel Kull

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

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