A new and significant project was launched on August 31: The “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster and Risk Reduction: Saving Lives Through Working with Nature” (yes, that is the full name!) – called the “Eco-DRR Project” for short. The project, funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, will take place in just three countries: Jamaica, Vietnam, and the Phillippines. Local Jamaican partners are the Office of Disaster & Emergency Management (ODPEM) the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA), and Environmental Solutions Limited on the private sector side, among others.
Why is it significant? Because it aims to use nature-based solutions to boost our resilience to disasters (I will not say “natural” disasters, because there is nothing natural about climate change -we humans created it). The idea is not to work against Nature, but with Nature. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines the term
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