Wetlands for disaster risk reduction (Policy Brief)

Degradation of wetlands reduces resilience against water-related hazards such as floods, droughts and storm surges. Integrating wetlands as natural infrastructure for disaster risk reduction (DRR), alone or in conjunction with traditional “hard” infrastructure, can mitigate hazards and increase the resilience of local communities and those living across entire river basins or coastal zones.


The Ramsar Secretariat has published its Policy Brief ”Wetlands for disaster risk reduction: Effective choices for resilient communities” prepared by the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), with assistance of the Secretariat.

You can read in this Policy Brief:

– Policy recommendations
– Why wetlands are important for DRR
– Ecosystem-based DRR approaches within global agreements


Download the policy brief in two languages: