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Record number 562389
Title Nature-based solutions for flood-drought risk mitigation in vulnerable urbanizing parts of East-Africa
Author(s) Kalantari, Zahra; Ferreira, Carla S.S.; Keesstra, Saskia; Destouni, Georgia
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health 5 (2018). - p. 73 - 78.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2018.06.003
Department(s) Soil, Water and Land Use
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Climate change - Hydro-climatic extremes - Land use change - Natural hazards - Nature-based solution - Sustainable solutions
Abstract

Urbanization and climate changes have direct impacts on ecosystems and the services they provide to society, thus influencing human well-being and health. Urban sprawl may conflict with ecosystem services, e.g. enhancing water-related stresses and risks of, e.g., droughts and floods, with significant economic, environmental and societal impacts. Such hydro-climatic extremes and their societal impacts are evident around the world. East Africa is a region with highly vulnerable populations to frequent floods and droughts. To achieve long-term sustainable solutions to such water-related risks and problems, we need to understand and plan for the feedback mechanisms between population expansion and associated land-use changes and their impacts on ecosystem services. The potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate these risk and problems in urban development under climate change needs to be considered and accounted for in spatial planning and management strategies.

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