Over the past decade Wetlands International has brought together the science, practice and policy of ecosystem-based risk reduction programmes. As a result, we have identified natural ecosystem based solutions to reduce the risk of disasters. For example, coastal wetlands provide a natural barrier against storms and erosion; healthy river systems regulate flood waters; and mountain forests stabilize hill slopes. Through this partnership, Wetlands International can voice these solutions and ensure that the vital role of ecosystems is considered in disaster risk reduction planning.
While we are committed to working with humanitarian organisations on resilient communities, we are also busy with the engineering sector to identify ground-breaking approaches that work with nature, as opposed to traditional hard-infrastructure approaches that tend to ‘fight’. For example, in place of concrete seawalls, defences made of mangroves can be erected alongside permeable dams made of brushwood. The evidence shows that these combined ‘green-grey’ solutions can more effectively stop erosion and land sinking along muddy coasts. Take a look for yourself and learn how to build with nature.
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