Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction - Space based and geospatial information to assess health of ecosystems

This article, written by UN-SPIDER's Beijing Office Head of Office Dr. Shirish Ravan, highlights the importance of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience. Space-based information, being a perfect tool for analysing the robustness of ecosystems, has a lot to contribute to the Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework) and the Sustainable Development Goals currently being defined by the United Nations.

The article highlights needs to leverage space technology for studying the health of ecosystems and protecting ecosystems to play a greater role in disaster risk reduction in the context of changing climate.

The article was published online at Geospartial World and is freely available here.