IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest conservation organisation. Its work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN is carrying out various activities which will have strong synergies with EPIC, including a BMU funded UNEP/UNDP/IUCN Mountains Ecosystem-based Adaptation Programme in Nepal and Peru, the Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods Project, and the Coastal Resilience Building project for Climate Change Adaptation in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Proact Network is an international environmental NGO that will share the co-ordination and oversight of EPIC with IUCN, including on-the-ground co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation. It will lead on the development of selected communications and knowledge products. ProAct has had direct relevant experience with ecosystem-based DRR since its founding in 2007 and draws on an extensive network of professionals in this field, across the regions covered by this initiative. Particular emphasis will be given by ProAct in this project to integrating ecosystem management with local livelihood security networks.
The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of results for the initiative on Reducing Risk from Landslides and Flash Floods in eastern Nepal. Previous interdisciplinary projects by the University have focused on landslide vulnerability, risk and resilience assessments in Nepal and Pakistan, work which led to the completion of four academic degrees and numerous publications. This work helped establish collaboration between the government and NGOs in Nepal. In conducting this project collaboration will be extended to the Federation of Community Forests Union of Nepal (FECOFUN) and the Nepal Ministry Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP). Local expertise in bio-engineering will be obtained from FEED Ltd, Nepal.
The Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of results of the study on Eco-engineering for Stabilisation of Steep Slopes in Southern China. Research will be carried out by the Botany and Computational Plant Architecture (AMAP) laboratory in Montpellier (http://amap.cirad.fr/fr/index.php). AMAP also has a strong plant growth modelling component while its numerical and mechanical modellers are available to help identify solutions to slope stability and vegetation modelling problems.
The Swiss-based Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) will be responsible for co-ordination activities relating to work being undertaken on Quantifying and Improving the Protective Capacity of Forests against Snow Avalanches. Research will focus on solving problems related to the responsible use of landscapes and forests and finding a prudent approach to natural hazards, especially those common in mountainous countries. SLF has extensive experience in snow and avalanche research, in the dynamics and modelling of avalanches, in interactions between vegetation with snow and avalanches and in risk analysis. In implementing this EPIC case study, WSL will work closely with IUCN Nepal and IUCN SUR.
The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) will co-ordinate and deliver results for the study on Demonstrating Ecological Mangrove Restoration. MAP’s Asia Coordinator, has been the trainer or co-trainer at Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) workshops in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Myanmar, El Salvador and Cambodia, has directed EMR demonstration projects in Thailand and Myanmar and, since 2005, has administered an EMR discussion group with more than 100 members.