Nature in Humanitarian Cycle
Press release (12 October 2018 – Spanish version): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and The Nature Conservancy team-up to protect world’s most vulnerable coastal communities
Increasing frequency and severity of extreme hazard events worldwide call for heightened collaboration between organizations to implement more strategic adaptation solutions that reduce disaster risk and build community resilience. Over the last few years, there has been growing awareness of the need to develop robust partnerships and programs of work between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) growing body of work in climate adaptation and mitigation has led to a new and innovative partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the American Red Crosses Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC). This is indicative of the increasing need for assessing and implementing ecological disaster risk reduction efforts where the Red Cross is deploying preparedness and response resources.
Through collaboration and specific on-the-ground projects in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, this work aims to better integrate nature-based climate adaptation within the humanitarian cycle.
As coastal development increases and people continue to move to the coasts, there is a need for new and improved strategies for risk mitigation to support growth and minimize stress on the environment. Ecosystems are not only valuable for mitigating risk, but also support development and humanitarian goals. However, the environment is not systematically taken into account in global humanitarian action, and a failure to integrate the environment within the humanitarian program cycle will further the exploitation of natural resources and limit the safety and prosperity of coastal communities around the world.
These three projects firmly plant nature and The Nature Conservancy in the humanitarian space:
Limited space, geographic isolation, scarce freshwater supplies and significant dependence on tourism and fisheries represent real challenges to these island nations.
The Nature Conservancy has joined efforts with GDPC in the Coastal Cities project in Indonesia to help identify ways that nature can be a part of building social-ecological community resilience before, during, and after natural disasters.
Resilient Islands is an initiative to help Caribbean islands cope with the impacts of climate change by promoting the protection of coastal habitats to reduce risks, and by providing communities and governments with the tools to implement sustainable development plans that prioritize nature.