As a global thematic platform of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), PEDRR seeks to promote and scale-up implementation of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and ensure it is mainstreamed in development planning at global, national and local levels, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
It provides technical and science-based expertise and applies best practices in ecosystems-based DRR approaches. PEDRR is guided by its vision of: “Resilient communities as a result of improved ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA)”. Its objective is to pool expertise and advocate for policy change and best practice in ecosystem management for DRR and CCA, based on science and practitioners’ experiences.
About the PEDRR Secretariat
The PEDRR Secretariat is hosted at the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) of the United Nations Environment Program in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat is supported by UN Environment/PCDMB and a rotating pool of interns, who are involved in PEDRR’s social media, website, weekly newsletter, and other communication assignments.
Ecosystem management is an integral part of disaster risk reduction.
Disasters due to natural hazards, such as tropical cyclones, avalanches and wildfires, can have adverse environmental consequences. On the other hand, degraded environments can cause or exacerbate the negative impacts of disasters.
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.
According to the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), climate change will magnify existing vulnerabilities to disasters due to changing patterns of some hazards (such as heat waves and increased precipitation) in specific regions and due to increased population exposure.