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Issue 172 - August 8 - 12, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Project Insights 
Strategic Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Vietnam
This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project in Vietnam aims to support the development of practical EbA solutions, which would be integrated into provincial land-use, socio-economic development planning and other relevant planning sectors. It also aims to contribute to disaster risk reduction and livelihood enhancement particularly in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Led by the Government of Vietnam and other partner organisations, the project will conduct vulnerability assessments for EbA in the two pilot provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh in north central Vietnam. Read more about the project

A lesson from Ellicott City
Ellicott City, USA is prone to flooding by Patapsco River and Tiber Creek. This year, Ellicott City witnessed a devastating flash flood on 30 July. The disaster occurred due to extreme precipitation and was exacerbated due to urbanization and loss of ecosystems and the flood-protection services they provide. The paved surfaces of roads could not infiltrate water and accelerated the surface runoff. In a Washington Post article, Deborah Brosnan draws upon the lesson learnt from Elliot City to emphasize  the benefits of natural defenses against floods, landslides and coastal storms. She outlines four strategies of action to promote and materialise ecosystem-based solutions. Read further

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Upcoming Training
 NASA's Applications of Remote Sensing to Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration
1 – 29 September 2016, a five-session webinar series organized by NASA will help attendees learn about NASA`s soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them for water resource management. Participants will also become familiar with a number of modeled data sets and techniques for using NASA Earth Science data. For details
Disaster Damage and Loss Assessment in Natural Heritage and Cultural Sites using Geospatial Techniques
This course is held from 11 September to 2 October at Dehradun city, India by UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for the Asia and the Pacific Region, and the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific. The course will look at a holistic management of the natural and cultural heritage sights including disaster management and risk reduction. Subsidies are available for two candidates per country in the Asia Pacific region. For details
Featured Blog 
Biodiversity and Nature-based Climate Solutions 
This blog by Prof. Thomas E. Lovejoy of George Mason University draws attention to the links of Nature and remedies for the impact of Climate change. He outlines the role of ecosystem services for climate change adaptation such as carbon sequestration and heat absorption by oceans, coastal flood and storm protection by mangroves and wetlands, and flood and drought regulation by grasslands and tropical forests to provide food and support livelihoods during harvest fails. The author argues that restoration of ecosystems at a large scale could take as much as 0.5 degrees Celsius of temperature increase out of the climate change equation. He highlights that to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, protecting existing ecosystems and their diversity along with an ambitious restoration program is vital. Read more
2016 ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services
Held from 1 to 5 December 2016 in Jacksonville, USA, the focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision-making by bringing together the community of ecosystem services practitioners from around the United States and the globe. One of the themes of the conference will be linking ecosystem services to resilience and climate change adaptation. 500 stakeholders are expected to attend the conference. For details
Job Vacancies
Technical Specialist – Climate Risk Management
Organisation: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Location: Bihar, India
Closing Date: 21 August 2016

Marine Conservation Campaign and Communications Consultant
Organisation: WWF
Location: Dubai
Closing Date: 18 August 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Organisation: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 26 August 2016

Programme Management Officer
Organisation: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Location: Montreal, Canada
Closing Date: 2 October 2016
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News Writer: Aditi Khodke
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