Disaster Risk Reduction Publications

Safe Havens: protected areas for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation

Camille Buyck and Radhika Murti
IUCN and Blue Solutions,

18 case studies demonstrating how protected areas can be better managed to provide disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The chapters include scientific studies, good management practices, and descriptions of policy frameworks. Case studies come from different regions and cover a range of hazard events and ecosystem types. Emerging practices, lessons learnt and key recommendations are included.

Link: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/44887

Protected areas as tools for disaster risk reduction

Camille Buyck, Nigel Dudley, Nao Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
IUCN and Ministry of Environment, Japan, 2015

A handbook for protected area managers and disaster risk reduction specialists describing how to manage protected areas as tools against cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes; flooding; tsunamis; sea-level rise; avalanches and landslides; droughts and desertification; wildfire; and earthquakes. Includes concise guidance and a set of case studies.

Link: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/45054


Responding to disasters - the role of protected areas 

Yoshitaka Kumagai, Naoya Furuta, Nigel Dudley, Nobukazu Naniwa and Radhika Murti 
PARKS, 2013

This editorial in the IUCN WCPA Journal PARKS argues that protected areas provide four main benefits: maintaining natural ecosystems that buffer against hazards; maintaining traditional cultural ecosystems and crops in protected landscapes that have an important role in mitigating extreme weather events; providing a controlled environment for active or natural restoration of degraded ecosystems, providing both benefits to biodiversity and disaster mitigation benefits; providing emergency sources following disasters.

Link: https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/parks_19_2_editorial.pdf

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