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Rebuilding stronger, safer, environmentally sustainable communities after disasters:
The GRRT toolkit provides a step-by-step guide for the task of rebuilding communities to be more environmentally and socially sustainable than what existed before the disaster. It presents real world examples such as lessons learned from the 2004 tsunami recovery efforts about the importance of protecting mangroves and coral reefs to reduce future risk of flooding, and is made up of 10 modules, including disaster risk reduction.
Module 9 places a particular emphasis on identifying environmental aspects contributing to risk and the role that the sustainable use of environmental resources, or ecosystems, have in reducing disaster risk. In utilizing this module, disaster risk reduction (DRR) specialists can increase their awareness of appropriate and useful integration of environmental considerations into risk assessment and risk reduction. It explains concepts of ecosystem based risk reduction, costs and benefits of addressing environmental sustainability and assimilating the environment into DRR assessments.
It was created with participation from RedR, CARE, Oxfam, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, USAID, and the United Nations Environment Programme among others.