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Issue 157 - Month April 25 - 29, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Scientific Corner
Dredging versus hedging: Comparing hard infrastructure to ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to flooding
Efforts to ameliorate flooding have historically centred on engineered solutions, although there is increasing interest in EbA options. This study compares the costs and benefits of hard infrastructure and EbA options to mitigate flooding using data from two catchments in Fiji. Results show that planting riparian buffers is the most cost-effective option. However, while afforestation provides greater overall benefits, the absolute level of protection provided by this strategy is low. Read the Journal Article.

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Land system architecture: Using land systems to adapt and mitigate global environmental change
Authors bring attention to the importance of land systems in designing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Land systems (mosaics of land use and cover) are human–environment systems. Changes in land systems result in habitat loss, release of atmospheric greenhouse gases, and changes in ecosystem functions and the array of ecosystem services they provide. Land systems, therefore, should be a central feature of how humankind manages its relationship with nature. Read the Journal Article.
Upcoming Event

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. One of the themes discussed will be on ecosystem- based adaptation. Several PEDRR partners, including Wetlands International and UNU, will be attending the event and giving presentations. Find out more.
Available Resources
GCCA+ Support Facility
Established in 2015, the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)+ Support Facility provides technical assistance for the design and preparation of GCCA+ programmes either in-country or remotely, as well as technical assistance to existing programmes. It also supports dialogue and knowledge exchanges including learning events. More information.

Job Vacancies
Communications Intern - Energy and Environment
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 14 May

Associate Programme Management Officer
Organisation: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 8 May

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Programme Manager Disaster Preparedness and Response
Organisation: Cordaid
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Deadline: 10 May

Intern for Climate Change
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Deadline: 6 May

Emergency Team Leader
Organisation: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location: Libya
Deadline: 19 May
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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