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Weekly News Alert
Issue 144 - January 25 - 29, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
PEDRR partners at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference, 27-29 January
Held in Geneva, Switzerland, the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference aimed to articulate a Roadmap on science and technology to support 
implementation of the Sendai Framework. The Science and Technology Partnership was also launched. Dr. Karen Sudmeier presented on behalf of PEDRR at the Plenary Session on Leveraging Science through Capacity Development and Research on 29 January, where she discussed the need for landscape scale, locally driven, accessible research. UNU-EHS also presented at the working session on capacity development where the role of MOOCs was taken up as a vehicle for scaling up capacity development efforts. UNU-EHS, UNESCO and UNEP were involved in organizing the plenary and working sessions. Check out more pictures in our PEDRR Facebook group. Please post your own pictures if you were there!  To view the conference outcomes, visit the UNISDR website. 
News from countries
World Bank Group launches national disaster risk management program in Armenia
The World Bank is supporting the Government of Armenia to implement its National Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction and align it with the Sendai Framework for DRR. Eco-DRR solutions will become part of the country’s strategy. Read the story here.
Pakistan mainstreams DRR in its agriculture sector 

©UNICEF Pakistan

Pakistan is looking to mainstream disaster risk reduction into its agriculture sector, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). An institutional assessment on DRR integration was recently completed, which considers the sustainable use of ecosystems and the services they provide. Learn more.
For forests to combat climate change, 3 things we must do

© Trond Larsen

Dr Russel Miltermeier, Vice Chair of Conservation International, argues that the inclusion of forest conservation language in the Paris agreement is a step forward for nature-based solutions to climate change. However, he states that solving the climate crisis will not be simply planting more trees. Read the article.
Videos of the Week
Sendai Priorities Explained

UNISDR has produced short animated Youtube videos explaining the four priorities of the Sendai Framework, which are: understanding disaster risk, strengthening DRR governance, investing in DRR, and strengthening disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction. Watch the videos.
Online Learning
Learning briefs on ecosystem-based adaptation
UN CC: Learn has released a series of learning briefs which draw on experiences of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA) Mountains Programme implemented jointly by UNEP, IUCN and UNDP. The first brief introduces EbA, the second is about the multiple benefits of EbA, and the third discusses cost-benefit analyses of EbA. The final brief is about how the Mountain EbA Programme has contributed to policy changes. Read more.
Upcoming Events
2016 Understanding Risk Forum


The 4th biennial Understanding Risk Forum will take place 16-20 May in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum will be jointly organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction Innovation Lab and the Governorship of Istanbul. Find out more.
Job Vacancies
GIS Consultant 
Organization: World Food Programme
Location: Rome, Italy
Deadline: 3 February, 2016

Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Organization: UN OCHA
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 7 February, 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Programme Officer - Biodiversity Management 
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Deadline: 10 February 2016

Operations Manager
Organization: Canadian Red Cross
Location: International - Various
Deadline: Until filled
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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