|Wetland solutions to reduce disaster risk – Brussels event, 10 December 2014|
Wetlands International is pleased to invite you for an evening reception in the European Parliament on 10 December 2014, hosted by Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament. The event will bring together Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and practitioners in Disaster Risk Reduction and development.
Join Wetlands International to discuss how the EU can promote global action to address the underlying causes of disaster risk and vulnerability. The discussion will be a stepping stone towards the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.
When: Wednesday 10 December 2014 • 18.30–21.00 hrs
All around the world, people are increasingly exposed to disaster risk from natural hazards such as floods, droughts, storms and cyclones. Most hazards are water-related, often exacerbated by inadequate water and natural resources management.
The continuing trend of wetland degradation increases the vulnerability of millions of people in both rural and urban environments. Improved management and restoration of our wetlands – rivers, lakes, marshes, mangroves and many others – is a fundamental, yet underrated aspect of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation that deserves more attention.
Wetlands International has extensive, worldwide experience of working in partnership with humanitarian and development organisations to influence practice and policies at EU and global level. Wetlands International – European Association brings together eight European NGOs committed to safeguarding and restoring wetlands to mitigate disaster risks and enhance the resilience of people and nature to hazardous events.