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Issue 111 - May 26 - 29, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
   
 
PEDRR Shoutout


Asia-Pacific Regional Training of Instructors on
Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and  Adaptation 
 
UNEP and IUCN Mangroves For the Future (MMF) hosted an Asia-Pacific Regional Training of Instructors (ToI) on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19-22 May. The ToI was also organised together with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and UNISDR based in Bangkok, and was supported by the European Commission. The ToI trained 24 participants from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, targeting university instructors as well as national and regional disaster management training institutions. Drawing from the PEDRR/CNRD Graduate Course on Eco-DRR and MFF's Resilience Framework, the ToI aimed to support universities and training institutions to embed Eco-DRR/CCA topics into their current teaching. The four-day training included a field trip to the Samut Sankhon province where participants learned about mangrove restoration activities to reduce coastal erosion. In order to view photos from our workshop and the field trip, please visit PEDDR's Facebook
News
Sendai Framwork is key: Latin America, Caribbean
Panama City - Latin American and Caribbean countries have translated the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into a regional declaration, known as the Declaration of Guatemala, that sets out their common position ahead of the United Nations Humanitarian Summit planned in 2016. "With the addition of the Sendai Framework in the Declaration of Guatemala, it reinforces the growing tendency to link the issue of risk management to development processes and not only to the response", says the Head of UNISDR’s Regional Office for the Americas of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Read full article.
Publication
Ex Ante Cost Benefit Analyses of Community-Based DRR Interventions in the Caribbean

Improving Climate Change Resilience of Caribbean Communities is part of the Red Cross regional integrated climate change and DRR strategic framework with the goal to deliver reduced disaster and climate change impacts in the Caribbean. The project aims to reduce local vulnerability and strengthen the main resilience factors such as homes, health, livelihoods, and community environment through greater knowledge, preparedness, skills and adaptation applications. Although the impacts of climate change are expected, the growing consensus indicates that significant solutions lie in reducing vulnerability by building resilience at the community level. Read full publication.
 
Job Vacancies
 
UNISDR
Position: Internship: Policy for Inclusive Development
Deadline: 07 June 2015
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

UNITAR
Position: Resilience and Risk Reduction Consultant
Deadline: 07 June 2015
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland


For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Upcoming Events
Ramsar Convention Conference of the Parties meets in Uruguay
 
With a focus on Wetlands for our Future, the Ramsar Convention Contracting Parties will gather to assess the progress of the Convention and the sustainable use of wetlands to date, share knowledge and experience on technical issues, and plan their own work and the Secretariat's for the next triennium. More information.
 
Date: 1-9 June 2015
Location: Punta Del Este, Uruguay

 
Side Event: PEDRR at the Ramsar Convention CoP. Wetlands and disaster risk reduction: Resilient communities.
 
Together with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and PEDRR partners, this side event aims to support Member States in their deliberations of the proposed Resolution on integrating disaster risk reduction in wetlands management. Panel speakers include Government of Samoa, Government of the Philippines (author of the Resolution), IUCN Water Programme, and Wetlands International. More information. 
 
Date: 06 June 2015, 13:15-14:45
Location: Rio de Janeiro Room B


 
Side Event: Sustainable Use of Wetlands and Water Conventions: Contributions of International Water Treaties to the SDGs
 
As the international community works to finalise the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), it is imperative to consider how legal measures developed under parallel processes and complementary treaty regimes can support implementation of the SDGs on water and wetlands. You are invited to join an International Roundtable at CoP12 of the Ramsar Convention to share knowledge and set the new agenda for synergies among international water treaties to support achievement of the ambitious SDGs on water and wetlands. More information.
 
Date: 06 June 2015, 13:15 - 14:45
Location: Punta Del Este Room B

Other Events
World Environment Day,
05 June 2015: Living within our planetary boundaries

 
The theme for this year’s celebrations - Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care - emphasizes our personal responsibility for enabling inclusive and sustainable economic development, while stabilizing and reducing the rate of resource use. Hosted by Milan, Italy, WED 2015 will focus on the need to respect the carrying capacity of the planet and manage natural resources efficiently. Find out how to take action
 
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News Writer: Gabriella Magiera
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