Making people know ecosystems protecting us from natural disasters

Training workshop on Ecoystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction successfully delivered in China

EPIC Eco-DRR Training

Beijing, China, 17 November 2014 - The Training Workshop on Soil Erosion, Landslide and Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), was successfully delivered by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) China Office, China Society of Forestry (CSF) and French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Representatives from over 20 organizations participated in the event. Their awareness and interest on theory, approaches and practical examples of Eco-DRR are greatly enhanced.

During the past few decades the number of disasters and their impacts on communities worldwide has steadily increased. This trend is set to continue as a result of climate change. Ecosystems such as wetlands, forests and coral reefs reduce human vulnerability by supporting livelihoods, while also acting as physical protection to reduce the impact of hazard events.

Ecosystem restoration and sustainable management can therefore play an essential role in people’s ability to prevent, manage and recover from disasters and tackle the adverse effects of climate change. Exactly with this aim, IUCN and its partners including INRA launched the Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project, a five year global initiative funded by the International Climate Initiative of BMU, in order to further investigate the role that healthy ecosystems play in reducing disaster risks and supporting community-based adaptation to climate change.

This training workshop, sponsored by the EPIC project, was expected to introduce to the Chinese stakeholders and audience the experiences and lessons from China and internationally in using ecosystem restoration and management to reduce disaster risks and increase the resilience and resistance of nature and communities in response to climate change. More than 10 top experts from China, France, Canada, UK and US delivered presentations over the event, to explain and demonstrate from various perspectives, how effective ecosystem management and sustainable resource use could help people deal with disaster prevention, mitigation and response. Over fifty people from governments, research institutions, environmental organizations, engineering firms, UN organizations and bilateral aid agencies participated in the workshop and had fruitful discussions with the organizers and experts.

"The training workshop was indeed a success. We received many feedbacks from the participants and they seemed to like it a lot. This makes us more determined to continue advancing in China those nature-based solutions that could help people better tackle development and conservation challenges such as climate change,” says Zhang Yan, Programme Coordinator of IUCN China. “We will collaborate closely with relevant authorities and organizations to develop solid conceptual and evidence base on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction, which could support the capacity development of as many Chinese stakeholders as possible.”

China is one of the priorities of EPIC globally. IUCN will continue working with INRA to develop case studies and knowledge products on how the vegetation management could reduce erosion and landslide risks in Southwest China. The progress and results will be presented to stakeholders through regular events like this one.

For information about EPIC in China, please contact:
IUCN China, [email protected]

Work area: 
Disaster Risk Reduction
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