Protecting People From Disasters Through
Nature-based Solutions

As a global thematic platform of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), PEDRR seeks to promote and scale-up implementation of Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction, and ensure it is mainstreamed in development planning at global, national and local level, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Source: UNEP / PEDRR, 2020

Nature-based Solutions is an umbrella term which includes several types of ecosystem-based approaches to deal with societal challenges such as disasters and climate risks. This includes ‘Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction’ (Eco-DRR), which is the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, with the aim to achieve sustainable and resilient development. Well-managed ecosystems, such as wetlands, forests and coastal systems, act as natural infrastructure, reducing physical exposure to many hazards and increasing socio-economic resilience of people and communities by sustaining local livelihoods and providing essential natural resources such as food, water and building materials.

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PEDRR Webinar: Nature-Based Solutions for Enhanced Humanitarian Action: What are the next steps?

March 12th, 2020

This webinar builds on outcomes from the recent Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) in Geneva. Key messages from  ...

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Women leading wetlands conservation in Uganda

March 6th, 2020

In light of International Women’s Day, let’s praise the role of  ... Read More

Call for an ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework on World Wetlands Day 2020

February 4th, 2020

The scale and speed of biodiversity loss threatens people and life  ... Read More

Ghana to Kick-start Year of Ambition at Africa Climate Summit

January 15th, 2020

UN Climate Change, 15 January 2019 – The provisional program for  ... Read More

UNEP Advocacy on Eco-DRR

December 10th, 2019


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Haiti Eco DRR project: Sustainable and resilient fishing

December 10th, 2019

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Haiti Eco DRR project: Fisheries Sector in Port Salut

December 10th, 2019

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Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary

December 10th, 2019

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Women leading wetlands conservation in Uganda

March 6th, 2020

In light of International Women’s Day, let’s praise the role of Ugandan women in safeguarding marshes, one of the most  {...}

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Promoting livelihoods through nature-based disaster risk reduction in India

October 18th, 2019

Every year on 13 October, the world marks the International Day  ... Read More

Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America

October 8th, 2019

Insurance payments for restoring a coral reef after it has been  ... Read More

Statement by Inger Andersen on the ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest

August 23rd, 2019

The ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are a  ... Read More

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  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    April 3rd, 2020

    The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. The event has three main components: The Members’ Assembly, where IUCN Members vote on priority actions; the Forum, a global marketplace of conservation science and innovation; and the Exhibition, where exhibitors can showcase their work to Congress participants and the  ...

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    Nature-based Solutions in a Changing Climate Conference

    March 27th, 2020

    **Given huge challenges and uncertainties around COVID-19, including the possibility of a winter resurgence, we have postponed our conference by 12 months, i.e. to 6-8 July 2021. However, there  ... Read More

    2020 Understanding Risk Forum

    March 27th, 2020

    In light of global developments, the 2020 Understanding Risk Forum (UR2020), scheduled initially for May 18 – 22, 2020, will be postponed to November 30 –  December 4, 2020. We would like to  ... Read More

    CBD Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

    March 27th, 2020

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