Wetlands and DRR

In Asia, deltas, rivers, lakes and coastlines are home to hundreds of millions of people and support abundant and unique nature. Wetlands in these landscapes form natural buffers against impacts of sea level rise, floods and storms, and are vital for water and food security and local livelihoods. But rapid urbanization and economic growth are coupled with increasingly devastating impacts from ecosystem degradation and climate change.

As the number of disasters increases globally and the damage has expanded, Eco-DRR draws attention. Due to the impact of climate change and other factors, the number of disasters has increased worldwide. Especially, the Asian region is the most affected area in the world regarding the number of disasters, the number of deaths, and the amount of damage. In these circumstances, wetlands could be a natural buffer against an increasing number of disasters.