Summary: A financial incentive mechanism that unites community and ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction measures.
Challenge(s) addressed: The restoration of ecosystems and their functions (erosion control, water regulation, storm protection), is an important yet underrated element of disaster risk reduction, that should ideally go hand in hand with other measures such as household level risk mitigation. Currently these approaches are rarely implemented in an integrated manner, and in some cases even contradict. This significantly limits current risk reduction efforts.
Innovation Factor: This project will involve communities and governments in a rewarding structure that creates incentive and means to invest in disaster prevention and mitigation measures that are conducive to sustainable livelihoods and long-term ability to cope with natural hazards, named ‘Bio-rights’. Bio-rights provides a practical answer to the request for integrated risk reduction approaches, bridging Disaster Risk Reduction with Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Management and Restoration. This will contribute to the development of a new risk reduction paradigm, where humanitarian and environmental solutions are brought together.
Added Value: Bio-rights is an innovative financing mechanism that helps communities to meet their short term socio-economic vulnerability, while ensuring maintenance of the natural environment as a crucial tool in Disaster Risk Reduction.
Key Deliverables / Impact:
With these, the Bio-rights approach:
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