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Issue 159 - Month May 9 - 13, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Big engineering firms increasingly work with green infrastructure for coastal resilience
Amanda Rycerz, a climate risk analyst from Acclimatise, writes about why a well-established engineering firm such as CH2M Hill is partnering with The Nature Conservancy (TNC)  to build and preserve natural coastal defences to protect coastal communities. It turns out that limited funding, regulatory requirements, market demands, fiscal incentives and community concerns are driving up green infrastructure investments, which are regarded to be less costly. According to Rycerz, there are over 30 green and sustainable infrastructure funds worth $475 billion ready to invest in the U.S. market. Read the Article.

© Anton Bielousov
New strategy devised to tackle wildfires
European researchers have established a map of the most at-risk regions from wildfires. In both the US and Europe which are identified at high risk, local authorities need to prioritise fire risk control and develop better forest fire risk management strategies. According to the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), wise land and forest management provide a valuable ecosystem service in fire risk reduction, which is currently not recognized as a critical component of first risk management. Read the Article.

© Acclimatise

Urban coastal resilience: Valuing nature's role
The Nature Conservancy considers the use of natural infrastructure to address flood and other climate change-induced risks in New York. Findings show that when ecosystem functions and services are included in a cost-benefit analysis, “hybrid” infrastructure – combining nature and nature-based infrastructure with grey infrastructure – can provide the most cost-effective protection from sea-level rise, storm surges and coastal flooding. Read the Report.

© The Nature Conservancy
Designing projects in a rapidly changing world: Guidelines for embedding resilience, adaptation and transformation into sustainable development projects
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has published guidelines, which are aimed to enable practitioners to devise effective project strategies that build resilience to shocks, stresses and major external change. These guidelines are particularly relevant for agricultural and agro-forestry systems, but may be applicable across other natural resource management projects. Read the Report.
International Conference on Forest Fires and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fires
Hosted by the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea), the Conference will be held on 25-27 May in Aix en Provence, France. Discussion topics include forest and land management for vulnerability reduction and fire risk planning. Find out more.

Online Course
Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions:
The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking
UNEP in cooperation with Concordia University in Montreal will launch a MOOC called “Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking”, which will start on 12 September 2016. The course will focus on finding answers to complex environmental problems, such as fisheries collapse, climate change, biodiversity loss and infectious diseases, by applying the ecosystem approach. Find out more.
Podcast: Climate change and complex ecosystems
Natural ecosystems are in constant flux, reacting to countless natural, human and physical events. The relationships that underpin how a given ecosystem behaves in the way that it does are so complex that it is often only after an ecosystem has changed or collapsed, that we can begin to understand the reasons why it did so. Climate change is now fundamentally changing many of these relationships, making conservation increasingly difficult. Alfredo Huete from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) talks about how scientists are studying complex ecosystems’ response to climate change impacts. Listen here.
Job Vacancies
DRR-CCA Convergence Framework (National Position)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: 25 May

Risk and Resilience Officer
Organisation: Atkins
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Deadline: 9 June

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Climate Data and Risk (National Position)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: 25 May

Senior Administrative Assistant, Wildlife Conservation – 16019
Organisation: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Location: Living Planet Centre Woking, United Kingdom

Deadline: 18 May
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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