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Support for Urban Resilience Through Nature

The potential of ecosystem-based measures to reduce landslide risk in Rio de Janeiro

Contact: Wolfram Lange

Ecosystem-based measures, for example the reforestation of mountainsides to protect against or prevent landslides, have a great potential to reduce the risk of disaster and to help adapt a region to climate change. Based on the case study of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the project aims to highlight opportunities to implement such measures in marginal settlements or slums within urban areas. These slums are often located on steep slopes and are therefore vulnerable to landslides caused by heavy rainfall. The project will compile a portfolio of suitable ecosystem-based measures for reducing disaster risk in urban areas and adapting to climate change.

The project is financed by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The SLE is collaborating in this project with the Institut für Technologie und Ressourcenmanagement in den Tropen und Subtropen (Institute for Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics) at the TH Köln, and with the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck.