Events on NbS for DRR and in humanitarian contexts

Past events

Key international events where IFRC and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies have engaged on NbS.

23 November 2023

Nature-based Solutions in Humanitarian Contexts Policy Dialogue

Co-organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Geneva Environment Network, this event offered an opportunity to amplify common messaging on the interlinked nature-climate-humanitarian crises and the need of common narrative for tackling both climate emergency and humanitarian action. 

IFRC launched its Key Messages on Nature-based Solutions in Humanitarian Contexts (to be read with the technical backgrounder).

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HNPW 2023

Too often, humanitarian crises evolve into multi-generational communities that struggle with shocks and stresses, while having limited pathways out of poverty towards self-reliance. A commitment to a paradigm shift toward long-term landscape-scale responses that integrate nature, risk reduction and affected peoples into the response strategy can enable us to build immediate and long-term resilience.

Coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sphere standards, this session presents a *New Sphere Unpacked Guide* on the role of nature in promoting climate resilience in humanitarian response.

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COP 27

IFRC and WWF organised a side event in order to highlight the nexus between NbS, DRR, CCA and biodiversity conservation and show case pragmatic ways forward by highlighting the partnership between a humanitarian and environmental organisation and discuss the challenges and opportunities around enhanced development and delivery of NbS for DRR and CCA.


  • Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, USAID
  • Nena Stoiljkovic, Under Secretary General for Global Relations, Diplomacy and Digitalization, IFRC
  • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
  • Valerie Hickey, Global Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank
  • Dr Asha Mohammed, Secretary General Kenya Red Cross

2 - 3 June 2022


On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, and communities, organizations, and governments around the world. 

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23 - 28 May 2022

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The seventh session of the Global Platform (GP2022) is organized and convened by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) from 23 to 28 May 2022, in Bali, Indonesia, hosted by the Government of Indonesia. The event is co-chaired by the Government of Indonesia and UNDRR.

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12 May 2022

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks -

NbS in humanitarian contexts: Objectives and Guidance

Building on the outcomes of a HNPW 2021 session hosted by the FEBA-PEDRR-EHAN Working Group on NbS in Humanitarian Contexts and its key messages document published in November 2021, this session highlighted the importance of nature-based solutions in humanitarian contexts. The session centered on the working group's efforts to transform humanitarian action through the integration of nature-based solutions and environmental considerations as a key component and strategy for achieving humanitarian objectives. It will discuss the development of technical guidance on NbS in humanitarian contexts, including as part of the Sphere Handbook and standards.

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05 May 2022

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks -

Voices from the field: NbS in Humanitarian Contexts

In this session, organizations involved in the implementation of nature-based solutions in humanitarian contexts shared experiences and lessons learned from the field. The session discusses the need for strong partnerships, science-based evidence, and hybrid strategies to protect vulnerable communities around the world

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21 Mars 2022

European Humanitarian Forum: NbS to climate change in humanitarian context

The session addresses the role of nature-based solutions in humanitarian contexts, providing a platform for humanitarian actors to better understand the issue and the relevance of NbS for their work – before, during, and after disasters. This session introduces the topic of NbS, and provides examples and insights from the field, especially on NbS for risk reduction, as well as space for discussion. This session will identify opportunities moving forward, including new partnerships for collaboration and areas of work that need further attention. It will contribute to the broader discussions on factoring in the consequences of climate change in humanitarian action during the European Humanitarian Forum.

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