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Protected areas as tools for disaster risk reduction: a handbook for practitioners

Source(s):  International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Ministry of the Environment (Japan)

This handbook explains what protected areas can and cannot contribute to DRR strategies. In this handbook protected areas are explained as a buffer against coastal erosion and flood risks, which provide ecosystem goods and services on which people rely for their livelihood.

The handbook describes how protected areas can be integrated into national DRR strategies to the mutual advantage of both and it looks at how to combine natural and engineering solutions in DRR.

The main text is supplemented by case studies drawing on the experience of the Ministry of Environment in Japan, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners. The handbook aims to support DRR specialists and protected area system administrators and managers and is also available in Japanese.



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  • Protected areas as tools for disaster risk reduction: a handbook for practitioners
  • Publication date 2015
  • Author(s) Buyck, Camille; Dudley, Nigel; Furuta, Naoya; Pedrot, Claire; Renaud, Fabrice; Sudmeier-Rieux, Karen
  • Number of pages 48 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9782831717111

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