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Issue 151 - March 14 - 18, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
IUCN obtains Green Climate Fund accreditation
Mangrove conservation
© IUCN / Julio Montes de Oca
IUCN’s work to enable developing countries tackle climate change received a major boost, as it obtains accreditation with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) under the UNFCCC. IUCN supports communities in reducing carbon emissions, as well as helping them adapt to climate change impacts through better conservation, management and restoration of ecosystems. Read more.
Project Insight
Reforestation in drylands

© Middle East Eye
In Tunisia, reduced rainfall threatens the limited arable land (82% is already affected by desertification). Acacias for All is a social enterprise project, where Sarah Toumi and her team are planting Acacias on farmlands, as a sustainable solution to climate change in improving soil health by preventing erosion. Sarah Toumi was recently nominated to Forbes’ list of social entrepreneurs under 30 in Europe. Read the article.

The effects of river restoration on flood risk and flood hydrology
This article shows how the strategic planting of trees on floodplains can reduce the height of flooding in towns downstream by up to 20%. The study used a digital terrain model of the landscape and a hydrological model simulation, and found that planting trees and increasing the number of logjams can reduce the peak height of a potential flood. 
See the article.
Natural partners: Why nature conservation and natural capital partners should work together 
Both natural capital and nature protection approaches have something to offer, but neither is enough on its own. A strategic combination of both would be a more effective route to managing environmental challenges and reducing risks of floods and droughts. New tools such as natural capital accounting and market-based policies can be used. See the full report.
Upcoming Events

Development in the face of climate extremes and disasters
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Held on 24 March in London, United Kingdom, this Conference will discuss to what extent we can attribute climate extremes to global warming, as well as how future climate extremes will affect extreme poverty. The Conference will also be streamed online. Read more and register here.
Save the Date: Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 - Fifth Session
The Fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in Cancun, Mexico from 22-26 May 2017, hosted by the Government of Mexico and UNISDR. It will review progress made and the early successes in the implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030. Read more.
Training Opportunity

Training Course on Climate Change Adaptation in a Changing Environment
Taking place from 21-25 March and 25-29 April in Nairobi, Kenya and hosted by Indepth Research Services, this training course will focus on climate change adaptation, ecology and the use of GIS. Find out more here.
Job Vacancies
Knowledge Catalyst: Zurich Flood Resilience Programme
Organisation: Practical Action
Location: Near Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Deadline: 4 April 2016

Wetland Delineator
Organisation: Natural Resource Group
Location: Mid Atlantic/ Eastern region, United
States - Field Based
Deadline: N/A

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator 
Organisation: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Location: Incheon, South Korea
Deadline: 26 March 2016

National Consultant to Support Disaster Recovery Preparedness Under the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 22 March 2016
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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