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Issue 137 - November 23 - 27, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR partners are organizing Eco-DRR related events at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris from 30 November-11 December 2015. PEDRR events include:
Wetlands International
Joint Exhibition with Global Environmental Center (GEC)

The Nature Conservancy 
From the Arctic to the Islands: Building Resilience Now in the Face of Rapid Climate Change

Wetlands International, CBD and Ramsar
Save the Peat for Less Heat! High-level Panel Debate on How to Kick-Start Reductions of Peat Carbon Emissions 
Wetlands International and Partners for Resilience
A Strategic Partnership: Partners for Resilience: Examining effective and innovative approaches to build resilience in a changing climate 

Wetlands International
Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Coastal Ecosystems: The first line of defense for adaptation

The Nature Conservancy 
Ocean & Climate Forum: A Civil Society Dialogue

The Nature Conservancy and CBD
Oceans Day at UNFCCC CoP21 The Nature of People, a film from the CRR team at The Nature Conservancy (register here)

Adaptation Investments in Natural Infrastructure for Water Management  (For more events

The Nature Conservancy and CBD
Panel: Climate Adaptation 

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Press Conference to launch the Natural Infrastructure for Business platform, at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris
(Link goes live on 6 Dec)

The Nature Conservancy and Government of France
Building Island Resilience through Innovative Financing & Biodiversity Solutions

The Nature Conservancy and NOAA
Finding and Funding Nature’s Solutions to Coastal Resilience

Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
with the Government of the Republic of Korea: High-Level Segment For more 

The Nature Conservancy and IUCN
Moving to Implementation: National to Project Level Experiences on Coastal (Blue) Carbon Efforts from Around the Globe

The Nature Conservancy
Seizing the Opportunity for Ecosystem Based Adaptation

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Mountain Forests Landscape for Resilient Societies
Download Flyer

Investing in Nature
: A smart choice to tackle climate change

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Ensuring food and nutrition security in a changing climate through sustainable agriculture
Download Flyer
Date: 30 November - 11 December 2015
Venue: Wetlands International booth inside the conference zone

Date: 1 December 2015
13:15 – 14:15

Venue: Blue Zone, U.S. Center, Le Bourget

Date: 1 December 2015
Time: 15:15 – 16:15
Venue: The Netherlands Climate Pavilion (blue zone)

Date: 2 December 2015
Time: 10:00 – 10.45  
Venue: The Netherlands Climate Pavilion (blue zone)

Date: 2 December 2015
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Venue: EU Pavilion

Date: 2 December 2015
Time: 12:30 – 14:00
Venue: EU Pavilion

Date: 3 December 2015
Time: 16:00 – 20:00
Venue: Red Zone, Le Bourget

Date: 4 December 2015
Time: 13:10 – 14:00
Venue: Red Zone, Rio Conventions Pavilion, Le Bourget

Date: 4 December 2015
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
Venue: IUCN Pavilion

Date: 4 December 2015
Time: 14:00 – 15:10
Venue: Red Zone, Rio Conventions Pavilion, Le Bourget

Date: 6 December 2015
Venue: Palais des Congrès, Paris

Date: 7 December 2015
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Venue: Red Zone, Le Bourget

Date: 7 December 2015
Time: 13:15 – 15:00
Venue: Blue Zone, U.S. Center, Le Bourget

Date: 7 or 8 December
Time and Venue: TBA

Date: 8 December 2015

Time: 11:45 – 13:15
Venue: IUCN Pavilion, Blue Zone

Date: 8 December 2015
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: UNFCCC Blue Zone, German Pavilion, Hall 2b

Date: 8 December 2015
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Venue: Peru Pavilion

Date: 10 December 2015
Time: 14:00 - 15:30 
Venue: IUCN Pavilion (Blue zone – Hall 3)

Date: 10 December 2015
Time: 16:45 – 18:15
Venue: Observer Room 12
For a complete list of events, click here.  
WMO: 2015 likely to be warmest on record,  2011-2015 warmest five year period
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued its provisional statement on the status of the climate in 2015, and a five-year analysis for 2011-2015, to inform negotiations at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. According to WMO, the period 2011 – 2015 have been the warmest on record. Moreover, global average surface temperature in 2015 is most likely to be the warmest on record and may break through 1°C temperature increase above the pre-industrial era. Major factors are due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming. Read more.
IUCN: Championing nature-based solutions
This video captures the importance of nature-based solutions in tackling climate change, especially in protecting against climate-related disasters. Click to watch.
New Publications
The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters
A new report reveals that over the last 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events. In launching the report, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction points out that climate change and variability are major drivers of disaster risk globally. Read more.

Unless We Act Now
UNICEF’s report shows the impact of climate change on children, their current and future exposure to risks; and the policies required to protect children from risks. The report examines how children may be affected under various climate scenarios and outlines policy recommendations to increase children's resilience to climate change and environmental risks. For more.
Geo-Information in Disaster Situations - 6th Edition
UNITAR is offering a course on basic GIS tools and methodologies to support mapping work during emergency response operations. Scheduled to begin on 29 February 2016, the 10-day course will be held in Geneva, Switzerland.  To learn more, click here.
Calling all MOOC Graduates!
The MOOC on "Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate" will be featured in UNEP's upcoming 2015 Annual Report. If you have taken the MOOC and can demonstrate how you have successfully applied what you learned in your personal or professional life, then please contact: If your story is selected, you will appear in UNEP’s Annual Report and get a copy of the PEDRR book, The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction. Students, practitioners, and policymakers are all welcome! Tell us your story in 50 words or less.  Deadline: 04 December 2015 
Job Vacancies
General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
Organization:  Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline:  20 December 2015

Special Assistant – 16025
Organization: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Location: Washington DC, USA
Head of Emergency Management, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat,
Organization: Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline:  20 December 2015

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Carol R.L. Alfred  
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