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Issue 155 - April 11 - 15, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
First delivery of Training Course on Natural Infrastructure for Business (NI4Biz)                     
On 14 April, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and UNEP delivered the first Training Course on NI4Biz to WBCSD member companies in Montreux, Switzerland. The Training Course raises awareness of the multiple benefits of natural infrastructure (NI) solutions, such as wetlands, and promotes private sector investments in NI. More than 25 companies including national BCSDs from the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Portugal and Brazil participated in the training. The initiative was developed together with ARCADIS and Shell and will be officially launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2015. Learn more about NI4Biz.
Building resilience to climate change requires investment in nature
The Paris Agreement acknowledged that finance was essential for helping climate-vulnerable countries adapt to climate change. To date, public finance for adaptation has largely been allocated for constructed or engineered infrastructure. However, investment in the protection and restoration of nature is perhaps the most important yet under-rated sector. Read the Article.

© AP/ Jane Hahn
Using green infrastructure planning to prioritize coastal resources in Maryland 
The Department of Natural Resources in the state of Maryland, USA, expanded its existing green infrastructure programme to include coastal resources. The goal is to expand the interconnected network of natural resources as well as preserve coastal habitats that protect communities from storm surges, erosion and sea level rise. Read the Article.

© Maryland Coastal Atlas

Building climate resilience with nature
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced several new partnerships to highlight the role of nature-based infrastructure solutions, such as mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands and dunes, as an important line of defence for coastal and community protection. TNC will work with Risk Management Solutions (RMS), The Global Disaster Preparedness Center and the engineering firm CH2M to build standards for modelling mangroves and salt marshes and incorporate natural systems in disaster preparedness plans. More information.

The Nature Conservancy works with the Grenada Red Cross Society on environmental resilience
TNC and the Grenada Red Cross Society (GRCS) are implementing a new initiative called “At the Water’s Edge”, in Grenville Bay, Grenada, in order to mitigate the impact of rising sea levels that threaten reefs and marine ecosystems. The project submerged a 30 m breakwater on the Grenville reefs, which is expected to yield higher ecosystem benefits than the traditional use of concrete seawalls. Read the Article.


SENDAI: Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City
This report describes activities of Sendai City, Japan, to build  a ‘Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly city’, which include restoring coastal forests for disaster prevention and restoring the natural environment on the coast. Read the Report.
Adaptation Futures 2016: 4th International climate change adaptation conference
The Adaptation Futures Conference organized by the European Commission, Government of the Netherlands and the Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will be held from 10-13 May in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ecosystem-based Adaptation will be one of the themes discussed. Several PEDRR partners, including Wetlands International and UNU, will attend and present at several events. Find out more.
Job Vacancies
Disaster Risk Management Advisor 
Organisation: PLAN International
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Deadline: 24 April

Project Technical Assistant
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Accra, Ghana
Deadline: 20 April

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Project Specialist (FATA Recovery Programme)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Deadline: 26 April

Disaster Response and Risk Reduction Interns
Organisation: WWF
Location: Washington, United States
Deadline: N/A
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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