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Weekly News Alert
Issue 289
December 17-21, 2018

   Shoutout 

  First Post-Disaster Needs Assessment
  for Kerala in India paves way
                for eco-sensitive, risk-informed recovery
 
The State Government of Kerala together with the UN, World Bank and European Union conducted a post-disaster needs assessment after the devastating floods in 2018 and estimated a total of USD 4.4 billion for recovery needs. The report prepared recommendations to make Kerala the first green state in India with an eco-sensitive and risk-informed approach to recovery. Read the full document here

Latest from PEDRR partners 

Afghanistan scales up ecosystem-based solutions to help build disaster resilience
UN Environment carried out a training course in Kabul to address the need of scaling up disaster risk reduction in one of the top ten most vulnerable countries to disasters in the world. Afghanistan pioneered an Eco-DRR project in Bamyan mountain province in 2013, and this workshop examined challenges and opportunities for advancing ecosystem-based approaches in the country. Read more here.   
Building coastal resilience through innovation
UNDP and The Nature Conservancy presented a study during the G7 Environment Ministers 2018 meeting in Halifax, Canada, on how investments such as green bonds or regional risk pools in coastal areas can build resilience of countries to increase their coping capacity with climate change . Each of these mechanisms can scale up coastal areas and make it attractive for investments. Read the whole article here.  

Project Insights 

 
Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: Research results from the Mountain EbA Project, Peru
IUCN, IIED and the Peruvian Mountain Institute present the results of assessing ecosystem-based adaptation effectiveness in Peru. Combined with findings from 12 different sites in the world, the publication helps to show policymakers when and why ecosystem-based adaptation approaches are effective. Read more here
Seawalls and forests aim to save the living - and dead - in Tanzania
 
The small island of Kisiwa Panza in the Tanzanian archipelago is experiencing severe impacts of sea level rise through flooding and salinization of crop fields and banana plantations. Besides the new seawalls, built in 2017, people are planting mangrove forests to strengthen coastal defenses. With the help of the two defense systems, the area is significantly less swamped. Read more here
Coastal resilience solutions for South Boston

 
This report addresses coastal resilience solutions across South Boston which includes measures from flood walls to dunes. The first report in 2016 assessed the cities vulnerabilities to climate change and developed new strategies to reduce vulnerability to coastal flooding, extreme heat events or intense precipitation. Read more here.

 
  
News
 
We can’t rid Asia of disasters. But we can prepare for them
The World Economic Forum highlights the high number of global losses due to disasters in Asia, with 40% of disasters taking place in this region. Building resilience requires innovation and agile partnerships, through the use of social media tools and implementing ecosystem-based approaches that both protect and empower communities. Read the full article here.  
  
Featured Publication
 
Nature-Based Solutions for agricultural water management and food security
FAO published a paper calling for a shift in water management paradigms by prioritizing nature-based solutions for water management to enhance the availability and quality of water for productive purposes and consumption. Read more here
  
Call for Papers
 
International journal of disaster risk management
The International Journal of Disaster Risk Management is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for academics, policymakers and practitioners to publish research and practice concerning disasters, complex political emergencies and crises around the world. Submit your Eco-DRR experience here.
  
Upcoming event
 
14th INTERPRAEVENT Congress 2020  
The International Journal of Disaster Risk Management is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for academics, policymakers and practitioners to publish research and practice concerning disasters, complex political emergencies and crises around the world. Submit your Eco-DRR experience here
  

Job Opportunities

Communications Consultant 
Organization: Acclimatise
Location: United Kingdom (Cardiff)
Closing date: 1 February 2019

Short Term Consultant
Organization: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
Location: Washington DC (U.S.) or work remotely
Closing date: ASAP


Intern
Organization: Climatekos
Location: Berlin, Germany
Closing date: until suitable applicant is found


For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Forest and Land Use Governance Expert, EFI
Organization: European Forest Institute (EFI)
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Closing date: 20 December 2018


Consultancy: Learning from Coalition-Building in Coastal Cities
Organization: American Red Cross; Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC)
Location: Indonesia, Vanuatu, Myanmar
Closing date: 28 December 2018


 
  
 
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News Writer: Nicole-Karolina Rokicki
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