Karen Sudmeier-Rieux




Karen Sudmeier-Rieux has been leading disaster risk reduction work for the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management since 2006. During this time, she published several IUCN books on the topic of ecosystems, livelihoods and disasters and completed her PhD at the University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Sciences and Risk Analysis on landslide risk, resilience and vulnerability of mountain communities in Central-Eastern Nepal. For this, she obtained a two-year interdisciplinary grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers for studying landslide risk due to vulnerability, natural resources management, governance and geological /hydrological conditions. She has published a number of articles on the Pakistan 2005 earthquake and the relation between deforestation, land tenure and landslides, and interdisciplinary research on landslides and community forestry in Nepal. She holds Masters degrees in international development and forest ecology.

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Disasters kill people, destroy infrastructure, damage ecosystems and undermine development. Climate change is expected to aggravate existing disaster risks. Ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction can be a strategy with multiple benefits.

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