Ilieva, Lili; McQuistan, Colin; van Breda, Anita; Rodriguez, Ana Victoria; Guevara, Oscar; Cordero, Doris; Podvin, Karen; Renaud, Fabrice
Adopting nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America
World Wide Fund For Nature
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
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This working document is a collaborative effort between WWF, IUCN and Practical Action as a result of the Latin America Regional Workshop entitled “Towards nature-based solutions: Green infrastructure for flood risk reduction”, that took place on 11-12 December 2017 in Lima, Peru.
Based on the experiences presented at the workshop and the discussions held around them, this document provides key messages on the opportunities that nature-based solutions provide to address flood risk. It calls for adaptive governance as well as collaborative work to address flood-related challenges through responsible ecosystem management. In addition, the document seeks to facilitate knowledge generation and uptake at a regional scale to strengthen regional, national and local flood resilience.
Key messages include:
Nature-based solutions provide an opportunity to better integrate the agendas of climate action, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity conservation into a coherent and holistic approach.
Ecosystems can provide benefits for flood risk reduction. Nature-based solutions should be part of broader disaster and climate risk management strategies, complementing other measures such as land use planning and built infrastructure.
Building back safer and greener promotes resilience in future scenarios that face high levels of risk.