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Reducing disaster risk in Pakistan through watershed management

Watershed management is an effective approach to reducing disaster risk, as demonstrated by the increased resilience of the communities who applied the approach in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake. This article shows how in this project, the participatory landscape approach has clearly increased the resilience of both the landscapes and the communities in the face of natural disasters, as evidenced during the floods that occurred in 2010–2012. When the floods struck, the communities were far better prepared to deal with disaster, and the effects were minor compared to the aftermath of the earthquake. Little physical damage – such as landslides – was caused thanks to the protection provided by the restored landscapes.
Type of Case
Printed publication (book, sourcebook, journal article…)
FAO Unasylva, vol. 66
Asia Pacific
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function