ECOSYSTEMS, LIVELIHOODS, AND DISASTERS: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT

AUTHOR: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

LAST UPDATED: 2006

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), handbook, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 40 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.iucn.org (IUCN)

https://www.iucn.org/content/ecosystems-livelihoods-and-disasters-integrated-approach-disaster-risk-management (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this publication is to provide recommendations for making disaster risk reduction strategies more effective. It proposes an approach that integrates ecosystem management, development planning and risk reduction strategies to reduce disaster impacts and improve both livelihoods and biodiversity outcomes.”

The publication is divided into three sections. The first explains why it is important to integrate ecosystems and long-term livelihood concerns into disaster risk reduction. The second section provides information about the Ecosystem Approach and how its application can contribute to reducing the risk of disasters and to alleviating the impacts of disasters when they do occur. The third section offers eight practical recommendations for implementing an integrated approach to disaster management, each of which is illustrated by one or more examples from the field.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 16,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Our experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.

INTENDED USER: Organizations and professionals involved in humanitarian assistance and in environmental management

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