Over the last twenty years, 7,348 major disaster events were recorded, claiming about 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing the global economy approximately US$2.97 trillion. At the heart of these systemic risks as well as non-systemic disaster risks is our disconnected relationship with nature as well as the strong socio-economic inequalities between and within countries. This session is designed to:
i) showcase how and why Nature-based Solutions (NbS) need to be an integral part of decision-making for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA), and how NbS can help address root causes of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as climate risks and socioeconomic inequalities;
ii) generate commitment to further mainstream NbS into risk-based decision-making in all sectors by identifying means of action and success factors;
iii) share knowledge and best practices to address existing challenges and the potential and current barriers of implementation.