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Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Geneva, Switzerland from the 19th to the 23rd of May 2013. Under the headline “Resilient People – Resilient Planet”, delegates discussed progress to date and future needs for disaster risk reduction efforts. Wetlands International highlighted the role of ecosystems in mitigating the impact of natural hazards and extreme weather events.

Action Description:

Wetlands International participated in the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of our work to reduce disaster risks and increase coastal resilience. Together with the Partners for Resilience alliance, we advocated an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction, building upon the expertise and knowledge of the development, humanitarian and environmental sectors. In particular, Wetlands International highlighted the role of functional, healthy wetland ecosystems as natural infrastructure to reduce disaster risk. These themes were to a large extent recognised in the Chair's summary.

This conference provided an opportunity to discuss progress on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action, a strategy approved in 2005 with the aim to build up the resilience of nations and communities to disasters by 2015. Simultaneously, priority was given to consultations on a post-2015 follow up of this framework.

In addition, the meeting provided a forum for decision makers, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns, and provide evidence around disaster risk reduction (DRR). The event brought together circa 3000 stakeholders, including governments, civil society, international organisations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector.

Our activities

Wetlands International presented three new publications at the Global Platform:

Partners for Resilience, together with Action Aid, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Emergency Capacity Building Project organised the side event What binds us – civil society’s view on building resilient communities on Tuesday the 21st of May from 13.00 to 14.30 in room 4.

Wetlands International also participated in two events from our partners in PEDRR:



Partners for Resilience shared a booth at the Market Place with the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes.


Find out more about our work:

A new Partnership for resilience

A new vision for community resilience

Putting community resilience into practice

Building resilience to disasters in the Mahanadi delta and Kosi-Gandak floodplains, India

Reducing the risk of floods and landslides in the Philippines

Strengthening Coastal Resilience for Communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Bio-rights for Disaster Risk Reduction of K'iche' communities in Sololá, Guatemala

Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Kenya

Reducing disaster risk by restoring wetlands in the Inner Niger Delta of Mali

Action Partners:

The Partners for Resilience (PfR) is an alliance of the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International. The PfR aim to reduce the impact of natural hazards on the livelihoods of around 400,000 vulnerable people worldwide. The name originates in the fundamental belief of its five members in the central role of resilience as the way to deal effectively with disasters. This means they use an integrated approach to mitigate disaster risk and enhance livelihoods, particularly by addressing climate change and ecosystem management and restoration. The PfR work together with local implementing partners in nine countries: Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Uganda. The Partners for Resilience programme is financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under its co-financing scheme (MFS II).