Demonstrating the role of protected areas in disaster risk reduction
Case study template
Why this template?
As demonstrated by recent disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2010,
protected areas (PAs) can be managed to help reduce risks posed from natural hazards and the
longer term climate change impacts. Recent literature (such as Natural solutions, Dudley et al. 2010 1)
attempts to document and promote the critical role PAs can play in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and
climate change adaptation (CCA).
Asia Parks Congress and World Parks Congress are good opportunities to collate field experiences
and evidence about the role of PAs for DRR and CCA. Such experiences/evidence can contribute to
establishing lessons learnt and policy recommendations on strengthening PA management for DRR
and CCA. IUCN is collaborating with PA management practitioners globally to compile demonstrative
experiences on this critical role of PAs, in the form of case studies. The case