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Issue 152 - Month March 21 - 25, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
Building with Nature programme
in Indonesia wins Dutch engineering award 

Consortium and the Government of Indonesia, the “Building with nature” programme in Northern Java has won the annual award for innovative engineering solutions in the Netherlands. Semi-permeable dams made out of locally-available materials are constructed along the coast, which in turn functions as a natural breakwater to reduce coastal flooding and erosion and to regenerate eroded mangroves. Over time, mangroves should take over the role of dams and keep sediments in place. Because of the dams’ simple design, local communities are able to build them. The Ecoshape Consortium is coordinated by Wetlands International.

Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan
The Ministry of Environment of Japan has published an Eco-DRR handbook, based on the experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Government’s follow-up strategy to build resilience. The handbook discusses: why Eco-DRR is necessary; benefits and advantages; traditional approaches; and informing public policy. Eco-DRR has been increasingly incorporated into policies and planning of the Japanese Government. Read the summary in English.
Ecosystem approach for natural hazard mitigation of volcanic tephra in Iceland: Building resilience and sustainability
Volcanic eruptions can have detrimental effects on human health, societies and ecosystems. Tephra (rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption) affects hydrology, air quality, and ecosystems by direct burial or post-eruptive transport, extending its influence far beyond the initial eruption area. Resilience to tephra-related disturbances depends on an ecosystem’s overall health. Rehabilitating degraded land and building healthy ecosystems improve the ability of these areas to endure tephra-fall, increasing their resilience and reducing the associated costs to society. Read the journal article.
Flood risks and environmental vulnerability - Exploring the synergies between floodplain, water policies and thematic policies
The European Environment Agency’s report focuses on the role of floodplains in flood protection, water management, nature protection and the impact of flooding on ecosystem services. The aim is to support the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and how these approaches can be linked to climate change adaptation and DRR. It looks at synergies between water management, nature conservation and economic development both at policy level and in the field. Read the report.
It's time to switch from managing disasters to reducing risk
On the first anniversary of the Sendai Framework which was adopted in March last year, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management (ECHO) Christos Stylianides urges for disaster risk reduction to be at the core of global sustainable development and climate change efforts. The Sendai Framework will help enforce already existing EU policies, especially those directly linked to climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based solutions to disaster risk reduction. Read the article.

A flooded amusement park is seen in the city of Franco da Rocha, in the north of Sao Paulo state, Brazil, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
© REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
CLIM-WARN is a global early warning system for changes in climate. There is currently a major gap between the need for climate-related early warning systems remains and what is being made available. Therefore, the project conducted stakeholder/expert workshops and field surveys in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Kenya to collect feedback and recommendations on the state of EWS and the needs of different vulnerable groups. Watch this video narrated by a farmer from Turkana, Kenya. 


Watch the video
5 things you might not know about mountains and climate change
Eric Walton of Conservation International calls attention to the important role of mountain ecosystems in our daily lives – for food production, water supply, energy security and regulating mountain hazards – and how the impact of climate change can upset this balance. Read the blog.
Los Glaciares National Park (© Art Wolfe/
© Art Wolfe
Job Vacancies
Consultant for graphic design and layout
Organisation: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Location: Global
Deadline: 10 April

Programme Analyst (DRR)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Deadline: 30 April

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Hydrologist for Development of Integrated Multi-hazard Risk Information Management Tools
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Deadline: 31 March

Programme Director in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Organisation:Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG)
Location: Uganda
Deadline: 18 April
News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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