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

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Haiti Eco DRR project: Sustainable and resilient fishing

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Promoting livelihoods through nature-based disaster risk reduction in India

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Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America

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