Natural solutions for disaster risk reduction

15 March 2012 | News story

A hot topic at the World Water Forum in Marseille has been the amount of natural disasters involving water. Not a month goes by without news of some devastating flood striking one or other corner of the globe.

IUCN is working to enhance ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction at national and local scales around the world. That work is supported by IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI).

WANI wants to help reduce poverty and protect the environment by helping people to manage river flows and improving access to all communities. It promotes integrated water resources management and good water governance for ecosystem sustainability and livelihood security.

In doing so, it helps reduce human vulnerability to floods, droughts and storms. 

James Dalton is Coordinator for Global Initiatives with IUCN’s Global Water Programme. Speaking at the World Water Forum in Marseille he explains that the disaster risk reduction community needs to know about managing water better.

Talk might be that there are more disasters involving freshwater ecosystems, but that's not the whole story according to James.

And it seems that the message is getting across.