In order to support the process of implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, a number of targeted Sendai Framework implementation guides are being developed to generate practical and evidence-based guidance for its implementation in close collaboration with States and through the mobilization of experts, thus reinforcing a culture of prevention among relevant stakeholders.
The majority of disasters are water-related and more than 60 of the global freshwater flow is occurring in transboundary basins. To support reducing the impacts of these disasters, a Words into Action Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation was developed. This Words into Action Guide has been prepared in the framework of the UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate, chaired by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment in cooperation with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of river basin management and transboundary cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction, while taking into account climate change adaptation. It provides information on steps that governments and other stakeholders at the different levels can take to harness the values of river basin management and transboundary cooperation, together with good practices from all over the world and lessions learned in this field.