Adopting nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America
Lili Ilieva (Practical Action Latin America), Colin McQuistan (Practical Action UK); Anita van Breda (World Wildlife Fund USA); Ana Victoria Rodriguez (World Wildlife Fund Guatemala); Oscar Guevara (World Wildlife Fund Colombia); Doris Cordero (IUCN-CEM); Karen Podvin (IUCN Regional Office for South America); Fabrice Renaud (University of Glasgow, UK).
Practical Action Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas), as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Program, sought to collect evidence of examples using nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America and convenes a platform for regional knowledge exchange and learning. This working document is a collaborative effort between WWF, IUCN and Practical Action as a result of the Latin America Regional Workshop entitled “Towards nature-based solutions: Green infrastructure for flood risk reduction”, that took place on 11-12 December 2017 in Lima, Peru.

Based on the experiences presented at the workshop and the discussions held around them, this document provides key messages on the opportunities that nature-based solutions provide to address flood risk. It advocates for the need of adaptive governance as well as collaborative work to address flood-related challenges through responsible ecosystem management. In addition, the document seeks to facilitate knowledge generation and uptake at a regional scale to strengthen regional, national and local flood resilience. 
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