09 May '11, 8am

IUCN calls on governments to commit to sound environmental management as a preferred option to deal with disasters

Dealing with disasters...naturally 09 May 2011 | News story IUCN calls for effective management of the natural environment to strengthen the resilience of communities to cope with disasters. The devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan shows the catastrophic impact that the sheer force of nature can have on communities, no matter how prepared a country is. More than 2,000 policy makers and practitioners from governments, international organizations and the private sector are meeting in Geneva this week for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to share information on how to reduce the risk of disasters and to plan the way forward. Environmental concerns are often sacrificed in the process of rapid reconstruction following natural disasters. “IUCN calls on governments to commit to sound environmental management and whenever possible, natural infrastr...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/?7434

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