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Where people and their land are safer - A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction (WOCAT publication)

WOCAT has just published a new book called ‘Where people and their land are safer - A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction’. It focuses on land-based solutions in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and showcases and analyses 44 practices from 12 countries around the globe that were documented using WOCAT.

The publication was produced in collaboration with the Swiss NGO DRR Plattform and co-funded by SDC.

Over recent decades, the NGOs of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform have been involved in DRR activities around the globe, many of which are directly or indirectly related to the use and management of land resources, including soils, water, plants and animals. This Compendium systematically describes and analyses over 30 well-established and successful land-related/ land-based practices for the prevention, reduction, and management of disaster risks, highlighting the potential of SLM for DRR.

The publication shows how relatively simple, cost-effective DRR measures related to land management can help to substantially reduce the impacts of repeated small-scale disaster events. Sustainably managed land conserves ecosystem functions and makes the land more resilient to natural hazards as well as gradual changes. At the same time, SLM produces socio-economic co-benefits which further help to reduce people’s vulnerability and enhance their resilience.

This publication 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.

Download  the new WOCAT publication ‘Where people and their land are safer - A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction’ here

The practices documented in the publication can also be viewed in the WOCAT Global SLM Database.

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