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Words into Action: Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction

Source(s):  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Note: Public review period of this draft document was concluded on 12 January 2021 and it is no longer possible to add your comments.

Some of the most important risks faced by humankind today are environment-related: extreme weather, biodiversity loss, natural hazards, and human-made environmental disasters. In large part, the rising risks are the result of environmental degradation occurring worldwide due to increased human activity. However, these risks can be reduced through working with nature rather than against it; a concept known as nature-based solutions.

This public review version of the guide aims to give practical, how-to-do information on setting up and implementing nature-based solutions (NbS), especially for disaster risk reduction (DRR), but also for climate change adaptation (CCA). It is designed to help implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The guide is organized into three main chapters:

  • Chapter 2 is an introduction to what nature-based solutions are, why they are important, and what the current state of play is in the world.
  • Chapter 3 goes into more detail on how to implement NbS in the context of the Sendai Framework. Many tools and resources are given non-exhaustively.
  • Chapter 4 is about mainstreaming and upscaling NbS to deal with disasters and climate risks. It covers policy coherence and how to engage communities, including women and youth, and the private sector.

Note: Public review period of this draft document was concluded on 12 January 2021 and it is no longer possible to add your comments.



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  • Words into Action: Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction
  • Publication date 2020
  • Number of pages 201 p.

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