Using ecosystem-based approaches to protect communities from disasters and impacts of climate change
EPIC is a five year initiative that is promoting the implementation of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction through 5 Case studies in Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Nepal, Senegal and Thailand. The project is contributing to community resilience by:
During the past few decades the number of disasters and their impacts on communities worldwide has increased steadily. With climate change, this trend is set to continue, with an expected increase in the number of extreme weather events. Healthy ecosystems can be important allies in reducing risk and increasing resilience for people and the environment.
Since 2013, as part of the EPIC initiative, IUCN has been supporting communities from south western Senegal and northern Burkina Faso. A key component of EPIC is the trustful, participatory approach with the involvement of the communities from the very beginning and inclusion of traditional practices.
The project is funded by the Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety’s International Climate Initiative. It is co-ordinated by IUCN that is working closely with the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France), the Mangrove Action Project (Thailand) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.
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