Upscaling ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR) investments to reduce disaster risks

Upscaling ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR) investments to reduce disaster risks

On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR, European Commission (DG International Cooperation and Development, DG Environment, DG Climate Action, DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), UNESCO and Wetlands International will join the International campaign “Home Safe Home” – Reducing exposure, reducing displacement” by holding an event to show evidence on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of community-level, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation solutions. 

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 CSOs, local and indigenous communities, strengthen Eco-DRR programming and how to increase/mainstream it?

Two panel discussions moderated by:

Elena VISNAR MALINOVSKA, Head of Unit Adaptation, DG CLIMA

Laure LEDOUX, Deputy Head of Unit Biodiversity, DG ENVI


Featuring panelists:

Key note speech by Paul V. DESANKER, Manager National Adaptation Plans and Policy - UNFCCC

Etienne COYETTE, Head of Sector Climate Change - DG DEVCO (TBC), Laura SCHMIDT, Policy Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction Unit - DG ECHO, UNESCO (TBC),ACP (TBC), Ibrahima SADIO FOFANA - Wetlands International Mali, Magali MOURLON, Programme Coordinator - VOICE, Denis HAVEAUX, Director - Red Cross EU Office

Opening remarks by Abhilash PANDA, UNISDR, Deputy Chief, Regional Office of Europe and Central Asia

Welcoming by Felice ZACCHEO, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy, Climate Change, DG DEVCO


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Conference in EN/FR


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