UNEP aims to address the environmental causes and consequences of natural hazards and environmental emergencies and reduce their impacts on vulnerable communities and countries, through sound environmental management, improved preparedness, and environmentally-sustainable response and recovery.
Disaster Reduction Goal
UNEP PCDMB's work focuses on disaster prevention through improved ecosystems management. It promotes, field tests and seeks to scale up ecosystem-based solutions to reduce disaster risk and adapt to climate change impacts.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Starting in 2012, UNEP, with the European Commission, is implementing an Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) project that will demonstrate good practices in maximizing ecosystems for disaster risk reduction, for instance through integrated coastal zone management in Haiti, sustainable water resource management in Sudan, and catchment-based land-use planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.
Membership in Key Networks
UNEP is a founding member of the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), a global partnership of 14 other international and regional organizations, which collectives promotes ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation.
UNEP is a Steering Committee member of the International Recovery Platform, which identifies gaps and constraints experienced in post-disaster recovery and serves as a catalyst for the development of tools, resources, and capacity for resilient recovery. IRP aims to be an international source of knowledge on good recovery practice.
The Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) is a biennial global forum that brings together key government, industry, academic, and non-governmental representatives – policy makers, environmental experts and disaster managers – from around the world to improve prevention, preparedness, response and overall resilience to environmental emergencies.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)