Grey literature

Restoration following a major disaster

Authors: May, Peter, Maroun, Christianne, Renshaw, Jonathan, Barbosa, Francisco, Brito, Maria Cecília, Sánchez, Luis Enrique, Kakabadse, Yolanda,

Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panels (ISTAPs) have been established to help address a range of controversial conservation and development issues that have emerged with growing frequency and complexity at national and global levels. This report is intended to contribute to discussion of ways to improve the effectiveness of ISTAPs by outlining lessons learned by the Rio Doce Panel, an ISTAP set up in the wake of the 2015 Fundão iron tailings Dam collapse, widely considered one of Brazil’s worst environmental disasters. The Panel’s recommendations were based on three complementary perspectives: a long-term vision, a landscape approach, and the application of Nature-based Solutions (NbS).