Every day throughout the African continent and the world, disasters undermine people’s capacities to develop and recover: prolonged droughts, floods and other events harm fertile landscapes and cause major destruction across many communities. Ongoing depletion of natural resources limits people’s options to sustain their livelihoods and makes them more vulnerable to the perils to come.
Sustainably managed land conserves ecosystem functions and makes the land more resilient to natural hazards as well as gradual changes. Moreover, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) produces socio-economic benefits which further help to reduce people’s vulnerability and enhance their resilience.
Relatively simple, cost-effective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures related to land management can substantially reduce the impacts of repeated small-scale disaster events.
There’s been a dearth of information on DRR best practices until recently – thanks to the Swiss NGO DRR Platform which has produced the compendium “Where people are safer”.
Where people and their land are safer is a compendium of good practices in Disaster Risk Reduction by Swiss NGO DRR Platform, Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern and WOCAT. It’s based on experiences from Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects in 13 countries around the globe with a focus on practices related to Sustainable Land Management (SLM), it systematically describes and analyses over 30 well-established and successful practices, highlighting the potential of SLM for DRR.
It serves as a tool for stakeholders – whether planners, advisors, extension agents, or development consultants – from different sectors (be it DRR, water and sanitation, food security, or agriculture) to include land-related/ land-based DRR practices in the planning, design and implementation of development/ humanitarian projects. With this, it shall contribute to the up- and outscaling of proven practices and therewith alleviate the impacts from natural hazards such as droughts, floods, and storms on communities around the globe.
Source: WOCAT, Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern and Swiss NGO DRR Platform.