Calling for integrated water and wetland management to reduce disaster risk
Wetlands International welcomes the co-chairs' zero draft, dated 20 October. As an organisation with experience in wetland conservation, restoration and sustainable use for the benefit of communities worldwide, we put forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 Framework, summarised in this briefing.
Water-related hazards account for 90% of all hazards, and their frequency and intensity is generally rising. More and more people will experience water scarcity and suffer the impacts of major floods, droughts, storms and water-related diseases. The way in which we use and manage water resources is central to sustainable risk management.
Located at the interface of land and water, wetlands are crucial in regulating the water cycle, for instance by reducing peak flood flow, storing excessive precipitation or recharging groundwater, supplying freshwater for irrigation of both domestic and commercial crops, providing important sources of protein such as fish, and serving as a buffer against storms and saltwater intrusion.
Our recommendations to Member States
Overall the zero-draft text has considerably improved with regard to incentivising Member States to invest in preventing disaster risk as much as possible, understanding and assessing risk, tackling environmental degradation and building environmental resilience. In this policy brief we provide recommendations for the post-2015 Framework on the basis of the zero-draft text for further improvement and consistency throughout the text.