Utilizing ecosystem services for disaster risk reduction: The role of “scale” and “context”

Rajarshi DasGupta, Rajib Shaw

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Despite much attention on “ecosystem services” and their potential role in disaster risk reduction (DRR), it is still unclear how ecosystem services can effectively be used for developing risk reduction strategies across the level of operations. On one hand, scientists have proved the utility of ecosystem services for DRR beyond doubts, say for example, mangroves play a pivotal role in wave attenuation, however, on the contrary, the key question remains, whether ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) approaches are robust enough to substitute traditional engineered DRR strategies and influence a strategic shift. In addition, it is also questioned that whether the Eco-DRR and hard engineering-based DRR are conflicting process or can be implemented in tandem. Investigating this fundamental question, the chapter introduces the concepts of “scale” and “context” as the defining parameters for making a definite choice between these two risk reduction approaches. By using these concepts and some recent case examples, the chapter formulates a decision-making framework for disaster risk managers to better understand the applicability of Eco-DRR approaches and their mode of operation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationPotentials and Challenges
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127117
ISBN (Print)9780128127124
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Ecosystem services
  • Risk reduction approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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