Opportunity mapping for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR)

According to UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen, investing in nature is “one of the most effective ways” of combatting climate change and disaster risks. For instance, mangroves and peat swamps are low-tech and low-cost solutions for absorbing carbon, in addition to being natural barriers against coastal flood and shoreline erosion. But how can decision-makers and planners identify suitable areas to reduce those risks with ecosystem-based approaches? In collaboration with UNEP and UNEP-GRID Geneva, MapX showcases global products on suitable areas for ecosystem restoration or protection. The geospatial data is publicly accessible for visualization and download at: https://app.mapx.org/?project=MX-2LD-FBB-58N-ROK-8RH&language=en

Thanks to this initiative, others are developing similar geospatial products at the country level, with higher resolution data, such as in Colombia to identify forest protection and restoration priority areas for reducing landslide risks. Stay tune to learn more about it!

 

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