Dec 6, 2017 | 12:00 am - Dec 7, 2017 | 11:59 pm

ABZ Spiez | Spiez

So called grey solutions, conventional civil engineering infrastructure for disaster risk reduction (DRR) are often used to mitigate disaster impacts and protect people and assets. Nature-based solutions, green Infrastructure, ecosystem-based DRR…there are various terms that refer to using nature and its ecosystems services for risk reduction, complementing or even replacing grey solutions as they are increasingly recognized as being more sustainable, providing tangible co-benefits and building more resilient systems.


Yet, one of the main barriers to widespread adoption is the insufficient awareness of existing or potential nature-based solutions, the lack of widely tested models and approaches, and the uncertainty and risk underlying the adoption of such measures. Globally there is a call to increase awareness on the value of nature-based solutions, to provide evidence on the comparative costs and benefits between green, grey and hybrid green-grey solutions for DRR, and take informed decisions on the most adequate and sustainable ones.


In 2016 and 2017, members and partners of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform have documented over 30 good DRR practices worldwide, applying standardized procedures from WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies). The core of this good practice collection forms Eco-DRR measures, which, in other words, are nature-based solutions for DRR.


This workshop will draw on existing knowledge and experience of experts in DRR and sustainable land management to illustrate the multiple benefits of nature-based solutions for risk reduction, which provide interesting co-benefits for agriculture, management land and water resources. The workshop participants will explore new options, to assess and evaluate the pros and cons of nature-based solutions in comparison with grey and hybrid options, and lastly to support the related policy and decision-making.

Block I: Introduction on Eco-DRR

This block will introduce to the setting of the Face-to-Face by providing an introductory lecture on ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction, linking Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Block II: Case studies to illustrate potentials and challenges

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to illustrating how nature-based solutions can work for disaster risk reduction. Case studies will come from different continents and highlight successes, challenges and potentials to make green or hybrid solutions a reality.

Block III: Evaluating nature-based solutions for DRR

This final block will address how to assess and evaluate the pros and cons of nature-based solution including the WOCAT procedures themselves and their suitability to combine the two perspectives of DRR and SLM.

Dates and Location

Workshop: 6th – 7th December 2017 at ABZ Spiez, Switzerland | Public Event: 8th December 2017 at Hotel Kreuz in Berne, Switzerland

Cost  The participation in the event and accommodation* in the ABZ Spiez is free for member organizations of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform and for representatives of SDC. External participants have to arrange for accommodation on their own expense.

*in double bedroom. In case of desired single occupancy, a charge of 60CHF/night applies.

Registration Deadline for the F2F is open from 19th of September until 15th of November 2017 here.

For more infomration visit the official Website 



Event location: ABZ Spiez, Schachenstrasse 43, 3700, Spiez, Switzerland

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