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Issue 116 - Month June 29 - July 3, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
75 % of Global Coral Reefs Are under Threat
The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves as well as basis for local economy and tourism. The reef restoration is being done jointly by the Government of Grenada and UNEP under the Coastal Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Small Island Developing States. It is the first time that coral reefs restoration is carried out in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Globally, 75 percent of  coral reefs are under threat from overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and acidification of the seas due to climate change. Read more
Djoudj National Park Restoration an Immediate Success 

Invasive species are threatening to crowd out the birds at Djoudj National Park, a wetland of nearly 16,000 hectares and a world heritage site located in the delta of the Senegal River. Widespread colonization of Typha and Phragmite reeds that thrive in stagnant freshwater is choking out the park’s open water vegetation.  In 2013 and 2014, the Arctic to Africa initiative of Wetlands International provided a fund of 15,000 dollars for the restoration work performed by community members. After the project, over 20 kilometres of waterways were reopened and 4,000 hectares were cleared of invasive plants, improving significantly the open water habitat that is critical to dozens of waterbird species and better water flows. Read more
Invitation to UNEP/GRID-Geneva 30th Anniversary
United Nations Environment Programme - The global Analytics Centre for the Environment (UNEP/GRID-Geneva) invites partners to celebrate its 30th anniversary on 3 September 2015. Speakers from UNEP and University of Geneva will give presentations, followed by cocktails. Learn more
Scientific Corner
Future of our Coasts:
The Potential for Natural and Hybrid Infrastructure to Enhance the Resilience of our Coastal Communities, Economies and Ecosystems

There is growing interest in the U.S and around the world, to use natural infrastructure to help coastal communities become more resilient to extreme events and reduce the risk of coastal flooding. This review highlights strengths and weaknesses of the coastal protection benefits provided by built infrastructure and natural ecosystems, and the innovative opportunities to combine the two into hybrid approaches for coastal protection. Link to the article
Upcoming Event
Africa Working Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction

The 7th Africa Working Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction and High Level Meeting will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 21-23 July 2015. It will bring together government representatives and Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and seek to agree on concrete follow-up actions and political commitments to ensure effective implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the continent. Over 30 countries will be represented including 14 at ministerial level. Learn more
Job Vacancies
French Red Cross (CRF)
Position: Consultancy: Socio-cultural Study

Location: Solomon Islands 
Deadline: 6 July 2015

Wetlands International
Position: Senior Advocacy Officer
Location: Ede office, Netherlands
Deadline: 10 July 2015 

Position: Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Development Specialist 
Location: Geneva Switzerland
Deadline: 10 July 2015

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Position: Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
Location: Various
Deadline: 31 July 2015

Position: Director, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, D2

Location: Geneva
Deadline: 9 Aug 2015

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News Writer: Yingyue Wang
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