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The role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction

Author: Fabrice G Renaud; Karen Sudmeier-Rieux; Marisol Estrella
Publisher: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo : United Nations University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The increasing worldwide trend in disasters, aggravated by global environmental change, calls for new approaches to hazard mitigation, as well as exposure and vulnerability reduction. We are facing, however, difficult choices about hazard mitigation. For example, should we continue to build dikes and walls to protect ourselves against floods and coastal hazards --with limited success --or should we consider  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fabrice G Renaud; Karen Sudmeier-Rieux; Marisol Estrella
ISBN: 9789280812213 9280812211
OCLC Number: 824657816
Description: xxxiv, 486 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: Why do ecosystems matter in disaster risk reduction? The relevance of ecosystems for disaster risk reduction / Fabrice G. Renaud, Karen Sudmeier-Rieux and Marisol Estrella ; Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) an overview / Marisol Estrella and Nina Saalismaa. --
Part 2: Ecosystems and coastal disaster risk reduction. Investigating the performance of coastal ecosystems for hazard mitigation / Sam S.L. Hettiarachchi, Saman P. Samarawickrama, Harindra J.S. Fernando, A. Harsha R. Ratnasooriya, N.A. Kithsiri Nandasena and Srimal Bandara ; Bioshields: Mangrove ecosystems as resilient natural coastal defenses / Carmen Lacambra, Daniel A. Friess, Tom Spencer and Iris Möller ; Integrating the role of ecosystems in disaster risk and vulnerability assessments: Lessons from the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Development Project (RiVAMP) in Negril, Jamaica / Pascal Peduzzi, Adonis Velegrakis, Marisol Estrella and Bruno Chatenoux ; Increasing the resilience of human and natural communities to coastal hazards: Supporting decisions in New York and Connecticut / Michael W. Beck, Ben Gilmer, Zach Ferdaña, George T. Raber, Christine C. Shepard, Imen Meliane, Jeffrey D. Stone, Adam W. Whelchel, Mark Hoover and Sarah Newkirk ; A coastal adaptation strategy for the City of Cape Town: An ecosystem-based management approach towards risk reduction / Darryl Colenbrander, Penny Price, Gregg Oelofse and Sakhile Tsotsobe ; Lessons from local initiatives on ecosystem-based climate change work in Tonga / Stavros Mavrogenis and Ilan Kelman. --
Part 3: Water resources management for disaster risk reduction. Good flood, bad flood: Maintaining dynamic river basins for community resilience/ Pieter van Eijk, Chris Baker, Romana Gaspirc, and Ritesh Kumar ; Utilizing integrated water resources management approaches to support disaster risk reduction / James Dalton, Radhika Murti and Alvin Chandra ; The matter is not if, but when and where: The role of capacity development in disaster risk reduction aiming for a sustainable water supply and sanitation / Madeleine Fogde, Luis Macario and Kirsten Carey. --
Part 4: Sustainable land management for disaster risk reduction. The role of vegetation cover change in landslide hazard and risk / Maria Papathoma-Koehle and Thomas Glade ; Protection forests: A key factor in integrated risk management in the Alps / André Wehrli and Luuk Dorren ; Forest cover and landslide trends: A case study from Dolakha District in central-eastern Nepal, 1992-2009 / Stéphanie Jaquet, Karen Sudmeier-Rieux, Marc-Henri Derron and Michel Jaboyedoff. --
Part 5: Policy, planning and future perspectives. Reducing vulnerability: The role of protected areas in mitigating natural disasters / Nigel Dudley, Kathy MacKinnon and Sue Stolton ; Urban disaster risk reduction and ecosystem services / Lorenzo Guadagno, Yaella Depietri and Urbano Fra Paleo ; Applyling environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments in disaster management / Anil Kumar Gupta and Sreeja S. Nair ; Opportunities, challenges and future perspectives for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction / Marisol Estrella, Fabrice G. Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux.
Responsibility: edited by Fabrice G. Renaud, Karen Sudmeier-Rieux and Marisol Estrella.

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An overview of knowledge and practice in the field of ecosystems management and DRR. It features contributors, professionals from the science and disaster management communities around the world,  Read more...

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