Ecosystem Restoration for Mitigation of Natural Disasters

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The Nordic network ERMOND, Ecosystem Resilience for Mitigation of Natural Disasters, reviewed information on natural hazards and ecosystem conditions in the Nordic countries. Many natural hazards put pressure on Nordic societies, primarily floods, landslides, storms, snow avalanches and volcanic activity. Intensified land use and predicted climate change are likely to increase the impacts of natural hazards in the future. Ecosystems in good condition have the ability to reduce the impacts of natural hazards. Our study showed, however, that degradation of natural habitats in the Nordic countries may have reduced or even seriously damaged this ability. Nordic disaster risk reduction policies and strategies should recognize this situation and place restoration of degraded ecosystems on the agenda as an integrated part of future disaster risk reduction management in the Nordic countries.



Integrating Eco-DRR and restoration of degraded ecosystems

Ecological restoration is a needed and in some cases urgent activity to reverse some of the negative aspects of ecosystem exploitation, and as a tool for future management of the environment. Most explicitly, this has been stated in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi targets and further in EU biodiversity strategies and national environmental targets (https://www.cbd.int/sp/). All the Nordic countries are Parties of CBD and are committed to the Aichi targets.


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