Let nature protect us

Globally, disasters caused by natural hazards such as storms, floods and earthquakes take a huge toll in terms of human life, destruction of crops and livelihoods, and economic losses.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) estimates that between 2000 and 2012 some 1.2 million people lost their lives as result of disasters, 2.6 billion people were affected and the cost of the damage was some US$ 1.7 trillion.

Coral reefs are a key weapon in the armory against climate change, helping to buffer coastlines from storms and acting as havens for biodiversity but they are being degraded by ocean acidification.

Reducing the risk of disasters is a crucial part of sustainable development strategies and nature can play an important role in helping to protect us. IUCN’s Radhika Murti explains how in a new web television series called GreenViews.

Work area: 
Ecosystems
Ecosystems
Water
Wetlands
Protected Areas
Location: 
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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