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Issue 117 - Month July 06 - 10, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  PEDRR Shoutout - IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016   Call for Contributions is Now Open! 

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will bring together thousands of leaders and decision makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. If you would like to be part of the Congress and host an event (workshops, trainings, Knowledge Cafe, Conservation Campus), the Call for Constributions is now open from 9 June to 15 October 2015. Don't miss the opportunity to feature and promote ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the global forum!  Learn more

Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students

The Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) invites graduate students to apply for funding to carry out field or desk-based research related to urbanization and climate change resilience in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and/or Vietnam. The upcoming deadlines for applications are: 1 October 2015 and April 2016. Learn more
Featured Publication
Peatlands of Southeast Asia Are Facing a Disaster

Flooded oil palm plantation, Riau (Deltares, 2014)
A study commissioned by Wetlands International and executed by Deltares suggests that extensive drainage of peatlands for oil palm cultivation in the Rajang river delta in Sarawak, East Malaysia, results in such massive land subsidence that this will lead to extensive and devastating flooding incidents in the coming decades. The study found that about 82% of the Rajang delta will be irreversibly flooded within 100 years, and substantial areas are already experiencing drainage problems. This will increasingly impact local communities, the economy and biodiversity unless land use of the region’s peatlands is radically changed. Read more 
International Summer School on InVEST Modeling
Join the International Summer School and Intensive Training on ”InVEST Models: Mapping and Valuating Ecosystem Services for better decision making” to learn how to integrate natural capital value into policy, business and management decisions. This training event is being organized by the University of Padova, University of Molise, Institute for the Environment of Standford University, Natural Capital Project, among others.
Location: San Vito (BL) – Italy
Time: from 7th to 11th September 2015
Job Vacancy

Position: Consultant, National Liaison Officer, Haiti
Location: Port-au-Prince
Deadline: 15 Jul 2015

Save the Children International (SCI)
Position: Director of Operations, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Country Office
Location: Goma, DR Congo 
Deadline: 21 Jul 2015

Position: Consultant, Project Coordinator: Ecosystem Mapping of Data for Sustainable Development
Location: New York
Deadline: 24 Jul 2015

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Sweden
Position: Emergency Preparedness Specialists
Location: Various
Deadline: 31 Aug 2015

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Deforestation Worsens Flooding
in Kashmir

In April 2015, 18 people died of landslides amid heavy rains in Fraswad and Shalnand villages in Jammu and Kashmir, India due to deforestation caused by illegal tree harvesting by timber smugglers. Between 2003 and 2012, with a steep increase in demand for housing and infrastructure development,  6,281 hectares of forest land that used to serve as a sponge holding soil and prevent flooding were diverted for other uses. The State Forest Conservation Act of 1997 requires any deforested area to be replaced with twice that area of reforestation on degraded land, but a report in 2012 said that hadn't happened because funds allocated for afforestation had been spent on administration. Read more

Study finds St. Louis River's ecosystem services valued over
US$5 billion per year, including for flood protection

According to a recent study conducted by Earth Economics of Seattle, the St. Louis River in the U.S. provides an estimated US$5 billion to US$14 billion in ecosystem service benefits every year, which includes up to US$2.6 billion per year in flood risk reduction, noting a thriving river system with wetlands, grasslands and adjacent forests which are able to soak up significant amounts of water. The report also points out that quantifying the value of ecosystem services allows the value of natural capital to be included in economic tools, which enables us to make wiser public and private decisions. Read more
Upcoming Events

International Workshop and Training on The Role of Natural World Heritage Sites in Disaster Risk Reduction

First International workshop and training on Disaster Risk Reduction and World Natural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific region shall be organised from 24th to 28th August, 2015 at the UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training Centre, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India. The proposed thematic training and workshop is intended to provide a platform to site managers and multi-disciplinary experts for training and work out on a possible action plan for disaster preparedness through the medium of World Heritage Sites in the Asia-Pacific Region. Learn more

4th International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2015

The International Center for Research & Development and Unique Conferences Canada announces the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2015 (CCA 2015) to be held from 22-23 November 2015  in Colombo, Sri Lanka. CCA 2015 is the premier knowledge-building event and the largest annual Climate Change event in South Asia. Learn more
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News Writer: Yingyue Wang
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