Upscaling ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR) investments to reduce disaster risks

Meeting or Conference
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); European Commission (EC); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters (UNESCO); Wetlands International
13 Oct 2017
Belgium (Brussels)
Charlemagne Building

On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR, the European Commission (DG International Cooperation & Development, DG Environment, DG Climate Action), UNESCO and Wetlands International will join the International campaign “Home Safe Home” – Reducing exposure, reducing displacement” by holding an event to show evidence on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of community- ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation solutions. As stressed at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, in May 2017, those who suffer disproportionately from natural and made-made hazards are poor people. Poverty significantly undermines people’s socio economic resilience to disaster and disasters further erode livelihood and wellbeing and deplete resilience, thus exacerbating poverty and non-economic losses.

Investments in ecosystem-based DRR strategies have a great potential for cost-effective avoidance of damages and casualties from disasters, while offering multiple benefits to society.

This event will contribute:

  • To foster the implementation of Sendai Framework through knowledge and understanding of the role of eco-DRR solutions.

  • To increase awareness on eco-DRR and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) solutions and foster mainstreaming of eco-DRR in policies, strategies and across multiple SDGs at EU, national and local level.

  • To raise awareness on the key roles, achievements and perspective of communities and civil societies in achieving the Target 2 set out in the Sendai Framework.

  • To explore resilience initiatives and good practice examples that show evidence on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of eco-drr/CCA projects.

  • To showcase practical examples of how the public, private and not-for-profit sector can work together in mutually beneficial partnership to improve knowledge concerning extreme weather related risks and deliver tangible risk assessment and risk mitigation initiatives.

  • To promote synergies and harness multiple benefits

The agenda will follow soon.

NB: Due to limited number of seats, book your free ticket in advance.

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