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Issue 140 - Month December 14 - 18, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Innovative solutions to reduce climate change impacts through coastal engineering

© Wetlands International
As demand to build along coastlines is increasing, so too is demand to protect built infrastructure from climate change impacts such as flooding. These mitigation projects also have a high carbon footprint. Wetlands International reports that methods are being developed, combining ecosystem-based solutions and engineering techniques, to defend coastal infrastructure, reduce the carbon footprint of mitigation projects, as well reap additional environmental benefits. Read more here.
Issue Brief on reducing disaster risk through nature-based solutions
IUCN has released an issue brief on nature-based solutions for managing risk. It explains, discusses, and presents solutions to the issue of increasing disaster and climate change risk. Some of the ecosystem based solutions discussed are: increasing vegetation/forest cover to stabilize slopes prone to landslide, mangrove restoration to protect from storm surges, and coral reef preservation to reduce wave energy during coastal storms  Read the brief here
Perspectives on COP21
COP21 and Sendai: Towards an integrated approach
This blog post focuses on the connection between the COP21 Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in March 2015. The connection between the two frameworks is critical, as global warming is making many ecosystems more prone to extreme weather events. The blog advocates for linking these two agreements together to reduce vulnerability, by integrating disaster preparedness with climate change mitigation/adaptation. Read the article here.
Protecting forests: A triple win for climate and development

© Kevin Wasilin/ CC BY
Frances Seymour, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, advocates that the protection of forest ecosystems should be considered in the decisions made by world leaders. She shares that protecting forests have a “triple win” effect – not only does it combat climate change, it also creates sustainable livelihoods and improves the resilience of households and communities. Read more here.
COP21: The good, the bad… and the OK

© Sleeves rolled up/Flickr
IRIN presents an analysis of the Paris Agreement, highlighting both the positive and negative aspects. Pertinent points related to environment include that: the agreement will not prevent already inevitable impacts of climate change; there is a focus on helping countries adapt to climate change; and there is a long term goal of zero net emissions using greenhouse gas sinks. More here.
Video of the Week
From disaster response to disaster prevention: TEDxSendai

In this TED Talk by Rachel Kyte, Vice President and special envoy for climate change at the World Bank, resilience is defined and explained within the context of rising social and economic losses from disasters due to climate change. Resilience is especially discussed in relation to the ecosystems in which people live in and create. A case is made for public and private investment in disaster risk management. Watch the TED Talk here.
Call for contributions
7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
The 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, which will take place 6-8 July 2016 in Bonn, Germany, is looking for contributors. Themes include: measuring/monitoring risk, ecosystem-based adaptation, and tackling progress on global frameworks. Contributions may include presentations, panels, or workshops. Deadline for applications is 8 January 2016. Find out more here.
Job Vacancies
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Home based
Deadline: December 23, 2015

Business Development Executive
Organization: Climate Action
Location: London, England 

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Programme Policy Officer
Organization: World Food Programme
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Deadline: January 6, 2016

Programme Specialist 
Organization: The World Economic Forum
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: December 31, 2015

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