Humanitarian Affairs / Disaster Risk Reduction

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Formally established in 2008, the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) is a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes. As a global thematic platform of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), PEDRR seeks to promote and scale-up implementation of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and ensure it is mainstreamed in development planning at global, national and local levels, in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action.

It provides technical and science-based expertise and applies best practices in ecosystems-based DRR approaches. PEDRR is guided by its vision of: “Resilient communities as a result of improved ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA)”.

Its objective is to pool expertise and advocate for policy change and best practice in ecosystem management for DRR and CCA, based on science, practitioners’ experience and indigenous knowledge.

Asian University Network on Environment and Disaster Management
AUEDM is a network of universities undertaking education and research in the field of environment and disaster management. It was established in 2008 and has 22 universities from 17 countries as members. It is hosted in the Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies.
Rajib Shaw
Convention Biological Diversity – CBDConvention Biological Diversity – CBD
Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro-organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.
David Coates
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement – The Council of EuropeEUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement – The Council of Europe
The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is a platform for co-operation in the field of major natural and technological disasters between Europe and the South of the Mediterranean. Its objectives are to reinforce and promote co-operation between Member States in a multi-disciplinary context to ensure better prevention and protection against risks and better preparation in the event of major natural or technological disasters. The Agreement is part of the Council of Europe – the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Mechthilde Fuhrer
HELVETAS Swiss IntercooperationHELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is one of the most experienced and largest development organisations in Switzerland.  It implements development projects, offers advisory services to governmental and non-governmental organisations and raises awareness concerning problems faced by people in developing countries.
Patricia Gorin
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent research institute that aims to promote human development and environmental sustainability through innovative research, communication and partnerships for 25 years. IISD operates in over 70 countries around the world and has offices in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Its Resilience program thrives to build and defend resilience of communities and ecosystems to face unprecedented risks and uncertainty.
Alicia Natalia Zamudio
Anne Hammill
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Founded in 1948, IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. It has more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations. IUCN’s work is supported by voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions in some 160 countries. It provides a neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges.
Radhika Murti
Camille Buyck
ProAct NetworkProAct Network
is a Swiss-based international environmental NGO. We work with a large network of experienced professionals and through strategic partnerships with international and local organizations.
David Stone
The  Convention  on Wetlands of International Importance, also known as the Ramsar Convention, is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational values. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971. Presently, there are 169 Contracting Parties to the Convention , whose headquarters is located in Gland, Switzerland.
Lew Young
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
is an independent research institute. SEI has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than 20 years.
Arno Rosemarin
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
is a leading regional resource center that works towards the realization of disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. Since its inception in 1986, ADPC has been recognized as the major independent center in the region for promoting disaster awareness and the development of local capabilities to foster institutionalized disaster management and mitigation policies.
Irfan Maqbool

The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
is a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, served as coordinator of the Working Group on Wildland Fire (2001-2003) and is in charge of coordination of the ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and the ISDR Global Wildland Fire Network.
Johann Georg Goldammer
The Global Risk Forum Davos (GRF)The Global Risk Forum Davos (GRF)
is based in Davos, Switzerland. GRF addresses the variety of risks that face communities, from natural hazards to technical and biological risks, from pandemics to terrorism – all across different political institutions, national and international organizations, countries and business sectors. It serves a Center of Excellence in knowledge and know-how exchange, technology transfer and application.
Marc Stal
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. TNC addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale and is supported by more than one million members.
Kathy B. McLeod
The United Nations Development Programme – Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP-BCPR)The United Nations Development Programme – Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP-BCPR)
Since 1966, UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, empower communities, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. It has offices in more than 170 countries and territories.
Ioana Creitaru
Rajeev Issar
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations that global peace is established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO promotes cultural heritage and diversity, knowledge, and intellectual cooperation.
Jair Torres
Alexandros Makarigakis
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. Established in 1972, UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.  In response to increasing disaster risks, UNEP seeks to minimize threats to human well-being from environmental causes and consequences of disasters.  UNEP’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch coordinates work on disaster risk reduction.
Muralee Thummakumrudy
Marisol Estrella
Pascal Peduzzi
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
is the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction system, and serves as focal point for implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA); a ten-year plan of action adopted by 168 governments to protect lives and livelihoods against disasters.
John Harding
The United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human SecurityThe United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security
(UNU-EHS) is part of the United Nations University system, a worldwide network of Research and Training Institutes. Its mission is to advance human security through knowledge-based approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks.
Fabrice Renaud
Zita Sebesvari
Wetlands InternationalWetlands International
Wetlands International is the only global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. Dedicated to maintaining and restoring wetlands, our vision is a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide.
Pieter van Eijk
Marie-Jose Vervest
World Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentWorld Business Council for Sustainable Development
The WBCSD, a CEO-led organization of some 200 forward-thinking global companies, is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. It helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.
Violaine Berger
Tatiana Fedotova
WWF InternationalWWF International
WWF seeks to safeguard our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. It works to protect biodiversity and reduce the negative impacts of human activities.
Elaine Geyer-Allely
Anita Van Breda