13 Oct 2017 International DRR Day “Upscaling ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction investments to reduce disaster risks”

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Event Date: 2017/10/13
Venue: Albert Borschette Congress Center, room 01, Rue Froissart 36 Brussels

On 13th October, Wetlands International together with the European Commission, UNISDR, UNESCO will organise a conference on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

By holding this event we will join the UNISDR International campaign “Home Safe Home” –Reducing exposure, reducing displacement” to show evidence on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of community-level, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation solutions.

As stressed at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, in May 2017, those who suffer disproportionately from natural and made-made hazards are poor and vulnerable people. Disasters further erode livelihood and wellbeing and deplete resilience, thus exacerbating poverty and non-economic losses.

Investments in ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies have a great potential for cost-effective avoidance of damages and casualties from disasters, while offering multiple benefits to society.

 The event will seek to provide answers to the following questions:

  • How do ecosystem-based DRR and adaptation contribute to achieve the Sendai target B: Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower the average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020–2030 compared to the period 2005–2015?
  • How can the implementation of ecosystem-based DRR and adaptation solutions be scaled up most effectively from local to national level?
  • What opportunities/positive messages do we have from Eco-DRR in Europe, and can these opportunities be transferred to developing countries?
  • How does the adoption of a multi-stakeholder approach including Civil Society Organisations, local and indigenous communities, strengthen Eco-DRR programming and how to increase/mainstream it?

Time: 9am – 2pm (Networking light lunch)

Language of the conference: EN/FR

Register here

The event will be live-streamed starting at 9.30 (GMT+2):