The Partnership on Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) network is pleased to announce the release of its new book, “Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation in Practice”. The book was launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii on 04 September as part of a 2-hour session organized by IUCN and PEDRR partners, including UN Environment.Containing original contributions from authors and case studies around the world, the book compiles recent developments globally in the field of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption (Eco-DRR/CCA).
RENAUD, F.G., SUDMEIER-RIEUX, K. and ESTRELLA, M., (eds) (2013). The role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction, United Nations University Press, New York
Edited by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and the United Nations Environment Programme, The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction is one of the first books to compile latest knowledge and evidence on the links between healthy ecosystems and resilience to disasters. Contributions by 58 professionals from science and practice communities around the world are structured around 17 chapters describing state-of-the-art knowledge and perspectives in the fields of ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
UNEP and PEDRR (2015), Promoting ecosystems for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
This paper examines the differences and commonalities between ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation (EBA) and ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction (ECO-DRR).A Total of 38 (Eco-DRR, EBA and hybrid Eco-DRR/CCA) projects are examined in terms of of their aims, assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and policy to understand how in practice these approaches differ and overlap and to find key integration points. It mainly identifies five areas for Eco-DRR and EBA integration in project design and implementation. The authors find that in Practice, Eco-DRR and EBA have much more in common than they are different because of the sustainable ecosystem management approach.
Monty, F., Murti, R. and Furuta, N., IUCN (2016) Helping nature help us: Transforming disaster risk reduction through ecosystem management. Gland, Switzerland.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) makes the case for implementing integrated approaches that benefit both biodiversity, conservation and Disaster Risk Reduction. The publication builds on regional experiences, highlighting opportunities and entry points to scale-up integrated approaches for Eco-DRR.
Murthi, R. and Buyck, B., IUCN (2014). Safe havens: Protected areas for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
This publication presents 18 case studies to demonstrate how Protected Areas (PAs) can be better managed for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The chapters vary from scientific studies to good practices to policy frameworks that enable appropriate management. The book presents approaches from different regions and covers a range of hazard events and ecosystem types.
Dudley, N., Buyck, C., Furuta, N., Pedrot, C., Renaud, F., and Sudmeier-Rieux, K., IUCN (2015). Protected Areas as Tools for Disaster Risk Reduction. A handbook for practitioners.
Over the past decades, the role of healthy ecosystems in providing affordable, reliable protection against natural hazards has been increasingly recognized. As a result, protected areas are being increasingly recognized as potential tools for their role in facilitating DRR. The following handbook provides practical guidance on the effective use of protected areas as tools to reduce the likelihood and impacts of disasters, drawing on case studies. It is aimed at DRR specialists and protected area system administrators and managers.
Winterwerp, H., Wesenbeeck, B., Dalfsen, J., Tonneijck, F., Astra, A., Verschure, S., and Eijk, P., (2014). A sustainable solution for massive coastal erosion in Central Java. Towards Regional Scale Application of Hybrid Engineering: Discussion paper.
This discussion paper describes a new approach called ‘Hybrid Engineering’, which addresses delta and coastal vulnerability in an integrated manner. This approach accommodates economic and livelihood development needs, and combines technical and ecosystem-based solutions. The Hybrid Engineering approach is aimed to work with nature rather than against it.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (2017). Opportunities and options for integrating climate change adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.
This technical paper from the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change explores opportunities and options for integrating climate adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. It notes that both ”resilience” and ”ecosystems” can act as core concepts for motivating such integration.
This publication presents details on Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities, a global initiative which promoted ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in six countries. The publication provides a detailed description of the project’s operational approach and draws lessons from the case studies to inform and guide best practices for actions on the ground.
The new research from the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) focuses on natural hazards in the mountain ranges of the Rio de Janeiro State, examining drivers of risk including climate change and land degradation. The publication addresses impacts of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) approaches and analyzes the linkages between DRR and biodiversity and ecosystem management.
Whelchel, A., Renaud, F., Sudmeier-Rieux, K., and Sebesvari, Z. (2018). Advancing ecosystems and disaster risk reduction in policy, planning, implementation, and management.
Published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, authors from The Nature Conservancy, University of Glasgow, UN Environment and United Nations University highlight the role of ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction in global agreements such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals. However, authors also demonstrate the lack of standardized, technical guidelines to design and apply ecosystem-based measures for reducing disaster risk. Read the publication here.