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Coastal partners: protected areas and disaster risk reduction

Eco-DRR strategy in Haiti promotes sustainable coastal zone management through protected area management and ecosystem-based solutions that improve local livelihoods and reduce disaster risks. It applies a ridge-to-reef approach to disaster risk reduction at a local scale.

Title of Case Study

Coastal partners: protected areas and disaster risk reduction.


HFA Priority of Action 

Priority for Action 4


Haiti is committed to augmenting the ecological potential of its marine and coastal resources, which is also prone to multiple natural hazards.  High vulnerability combined with high levels of poverty have contributed to severe environmental degradation, increasing exposure to storm surge impacts.


Port Salut municipality, Haiti

How was the problem addressed?

Planned interventions:

-       Invest in re-vegetation and re-forestation along shorelines and riparian forests/streams that are exposed to flooding and coastal storm surge impacts;

-       Improve datasets on the status of coastal and marine habitats to support decision-making processes;

-       Support ecosystem-based, disaster-resilient fisheries;

-       Reduce near shore sedimentation loads by regulating cultivation of high value crops in Port Salut.


Project is still ongoing.

Measuring Success

The project is assessing success in four key areas:

-       Eco-DRR mainstreamed into development policies and plans;

-       New partnerships and collaborative initiatives on Eco-DRR;

-       Strengthened local / national capacities to implement Eco-DRR;

-       Field interventions on Eco-DRR demonstrate contribution to DRR in terms of hazard mitigation, exposure or vulnerability reduction or enhancing local resilience.

Relevance to HFA

Reducing underlying drivers of risk.

Did HFA OR Making Cities Resilient Campaign play a role in enabling this initiative? No.

If yes, how / If no, what needs to be done in HFA2 to enable such initiatives? Recognition of sustainable ecosystem management as a solution to reducing disaster risks.

Potential for Replication

These activities are pilot demonstrations enabling people to learn and implement in vulnerable areas and places where they have the opportunity to do so.

Contribution by

UNEP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Coordinator

UNEP South Haiti Programme Manager