The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Disaster Risk Reduction

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Ensuring Adaptation: Nature-Based Solutions to Reducing Risk

Infrastructure or ecosystems? Nature or economic development? Historically, those have been the tensions expressed about investing how we innovate, grow economies, reduce the impact of disasters, and alleviate poverty relative to preserving natural systems and ecological integrity.

Climate adaptation has shifted the terms of this long-standing debate. Traditional gray infrastructure is harder to design and maintain to be resilient. Nature-based solutions (NbS) work better in some situations, such as when we need more flexibility or face higher levels of uncertainty. Is a middle ground appearing?

In this episode of the ClimateReady Podcast, we bring in Dr. Elena Lopez Gunn to discuss her leadership to study, demonstrate, and ultimately quantify the insurance value of nature through a project she is leading known as NAIAD. This EU-funded project aims to expand the evidence base around NbS for reducing flood and drought risk while creating the business and financial frameworks necessary for operationalizing these approaches.

After our main interview Al Meghji, an MPA candidate at Cornell University, sends us a “Postcard from the Future” for a glimpse into the world of 2070 and some advice on how we can focus our efforts now to create a more equitable and livable society in the future. Stick around until the end for next year’s winning lotto numbers!
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Natural Hazards & Nature-based Solutions Platform

A new website has been launched to provide support and resources for those working around nature-based solutions and disaster risk reduction. The Natural Hazards – Nature-based Solutions platform is a hub for projects, investments, guidance and studies making use of nature to reduce the risks associated with natural hazards. Its objective is to host and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from a range of stakeholders, to provide guidance on the planning and implementation of nature-based solutions, and to champion these solutions in the arenas of policy-making and investment for disaster risk reduction.
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Seeking case studies and information sources that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction

Together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Japanese Biodiversity Fund, IUCN is conducting assessments to document practical examples of how biodiversity contribute to disaster risk reduction (DRR). More details on the project can be found here.

Six Regional assessments are being carried out simultaneously in these regions:

1) Asia
2) South America
3) Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
4) Oceania
5) Eastern and Southern Africa
6) West and Central Africa

If you are working on initiatives or have information and case studies that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction, please get in touch with Fabiola Monty, providing a brief description of the case study. If relevant for the assessments, you will be provided with additional guidelines (expected content, number of words and deadlines) Relevant case studies will be included in one of the regional assessment reports that will be circulated as from beginning of May 2016 and will be considered for inclusion in a global synthesis planned for July 2016. Read More...
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