Promoting Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction
Healthy, well-managed ecosystems, such as forests, coral reefs and wetlands, provide natural protection against hazards and reduce vulnerabilities by supporting the immediate needs and livelihoods of impacted communities.
UNEP therefore works to promote and implement Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), an integrated approach to address both disaster and climate change risks through sustainable ecosystems management. Eco-DRR maximizes the sustainable use of ecosystems to achieve sustainable and disaster-resilient development.
Drawing lessons from its own field-based projects as well as from international best practice, UNEP promotes evidence-based advocacy on Eco-DRR and seeks to mainstream Eco-DRR in national and local development planning.
UNEP participates in major international conferences related to disaster risk reduction, environment and climate change adaptation, including the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the International Disaster Reduction Conference, The World Reconstruction Conference, UNFCCC Conference of the Parties and the IUCN World Conservation Congress, among others.
In collaboration with partners, UNEP’s advocacy also involves convening international and regional workshops, roundtable discussions, and public outreach activities.