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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)