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F2F 2017:
Grey, green or hybrid? The VALUE of nature-based solutions for DRR


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, on the other hand, refer to solutions using nature and its ecosystems services, which can complement or even replace grey measures as they are increasingly recognized as being more sustainable, providing tangible co-benefits and building more resilient systems.

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 face-to-face (F2F) event will draw on existing knowledge and experience of experts in Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and DRR to illustrate the multiple benefits of nature-based solutions for risk reduction, which yield co-benefits for agriculture, land management 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.

Dates and Location

Workshop: 6th – 7th December 2017 at ABZ Spiez, Switzerland

  • Public Event: 8th December 2017 at Hotel Kreuz in Berne, Switzerland


    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.


    Registration for the F2F Workshop is closed. 

  • Further information

    Programme (as of 1st December)
    Programme Public Day
    Background Note
    WOCAT Case Studies
    Directions to ABZ Spiez

  • Documentation
  • Day 1

  • Jana Junghardt: Workshop introduction  Karen Sudmeier-Rieux: Nature-based solutions for DRR  Peter Laban: Eco-DRR in Jordan rangelands
    Fredrick Ochieng: Rock catchments, Kenya Philip Tibenderana: IWRM, Uganda Carlos Montes: Bio-engineering, Honduras


Day 2

Peter Laban: Economic valuation Posters from poster fair  Markus Zimmermann: Kanderdurchstich


Public Day
Overview of inputs

Jana Junghardt, CARITAS: Reporting back   Radhika Murti, IUCN: Presentation Hanspeter Liniger, CDE: Presentation
Carlo Scapozza, FOEN: Presentation Tatiana Fedotova, WBCSD: Link to video  
Launch of "where people and their land are safer": Presentation 


 Report (available soon)