This report by ProAct Network and Gaia Group reviews a growing body of evidence that sound environmental management has a potentially important role to play in reducing many of the risks posed by natural hazards. Many ecosystems – if they are intact and/or well managed – act as natural, dynamic barriers that absorb the force of certain hazards, protect vulnerable communities and their assets while at the same time preserve local biodiversity and encourage ecological productivity. Natural ecosystems thus play an important protective and productive role in many instances.

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ProAct Network
Ministry of Environment, Finland
UN/ISDR Secretariat
Gaia Group

ProAct Network, Ministry of Environment, Finland, the UN/ISDR secretariat and the Gaia Group (2008): The Role of Environmental Management and eco-engineering in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

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