UNEP utilizes field-based demonstration activities to show and document the effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR). Knowledge and lessons generated from the field projects will be used as evidence-based advocacy to influence national, regional and global agendas on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

Field-based activities are coordinated and harmonized with national DRR and development strategies. Starting in 2013, UNEP, in partnership with the European Commission, will be implementing Eco-DRR demonstration projects in specific sites in four countries where UNEP currently has ongoing country operations: Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan.

The main focus of interventions will be on improving ecosystems management to enhance ecosystems’ regulatory and provisioning services for risk reduction, demonstrating the cost-effectiveness, and enhancing local and national capacities to integrate Eco-DRR in national and local development planning.

The pilot countries have been selected based on their high vulnerability to disasters, the limited resilience and capacities of local communities, and the presence of established UNEP country programmes that enables the best use of existing UNEP structures and experience at the country level.

Pilot projects will operate within a limited geographic area, targeting one or two communities, in order to derive direct community benefits.