13 Oct '17, 1pm

How can wetlands increase the resilience of communities vulnerable to natural disasters?

How can wetlands increase the resilience of communities vulnerable to natural disasters?

Reducing the number of water related disasters such as floods, storm surges and droughts is possible if the right decisions and choices are made, is the main message of Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction , a policy brief launched today by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Degradation of wetlands reduces resilience against water-related hazards. Integrating wetlands as natural infrastructure alone or in conjunction with engineered structures can increase the resilience of people living along coastlines and across entire river basins. As natural buffers, wetlands can help reduce the impact of disasters by collecting and holding water during floods, releasing water to reduce droughts, and protecting coastal communities against storm surges. “90% of disasters are water related, many of them ...

Full article: http://www.ramsar.org/news/wetlands-for-disaster-risk-red...

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