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Ecosystems, Risk and Climate Adaptation

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project will compile three studies on urgent topics in the interface between risk reduction and conservation and will release them at major international conferences. The series will look at 1) Coastal conservation and risk reduction, 2) River and floodplain conservation and risk reduction and 3) Fisheries, food security and climate change. Thus the project campaigns for ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) as an integral part of national and global efforts related to managing natural disasters and climate change. It advances the discussion on the importance and cost effectiveness of EbA and furthers ongoing efforts to link adaptation, risk reduction and biodiversity conservation.

State of implementation/results

  • In June 2018, a study on flood protection by coral reefs was published in “Nature Communications” (see publications).
  • Key results of the global coral reef modelling and resilience assessments were presented during a side-event at the COP 23 in Bonn.
  • Update of database has been completed; data on waves, reefs, mangroves, etc. published on and
  • Forecast of seashores and survey on the conditions of coral reefs were completed.
  • A global model on coral reef has been completed. Currently, the project works on a model on mangroves.
  • August 2017: Technical report "Valuing Protective Services of Mangroves in the Philippines" has been published.
  • The project has published numerous public op-eds and blogs:
  • Beck, M. W. 2017. Natural barriers are a key defense against storms like Harvey and Irma. The Hill September 18.
  • M.W. Beck & S. Narayan. 2017. The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands. The Scientist, August 31.
  • Tercek, M. & M. W. Beck. 2017. Mangroves: A Star Player in The Coastal Protection Game. Huffington Post, August 9.
  • M.W. Beck & JB Crozet. 2017. Coastal Wetlands and Flood Damage Reduction: Can Insurance Save Wetlands? Triple Pundit, February 2.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

BMU grant:
€ 591,000.15

03/2016 till 06/2019


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