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Issue 149 - February 29 - March 4, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Op-Ed Piece
Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

©Christophe Ena/AP
In an op-ed article in The Guardian, Helen Clark (Administrator of the UNDP) and Robert Glasser (Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction) make a case for the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change efforts. They also mention that more effort is needed to address degraded ecosystems in order to comprehensively reduce risk. Keep reading.
Project Insight

The recently launched restoration of ecosystems services and adaptation to climate change project (RESCUE) will combine local and government knowledge to trial appropriate climate change adaptation solutions. For the Vanuatu test site, for example, the project aims to help improve the population’s resilience to climate change and natural hazards though integrated coastal management. Read more.
Scientific Corner
Resetting the river template: The potential for climate-related extreme floods to transform river geomorphology and ecology
This article in the journal “Freshwater Biology” provides evidence of the relationship between disaster risk and ecosystems. It discusses how flood risk management strategies, when implemented, can impact the morphology and ecology of rivers. However, flood management techniques that incorporate a river’s natural course could mitigate flood damage. Read the article.
Video of the Week
Documentary: Hope in a changing climate
This BBC World documentary by soil scientist John Liu illustrates that degraded ecosystems can be restored (especially through replanting vegetation), and that restoration has benefits for climate change mitigation, reduction of drought/flood risk, as well as meeting other priorities such as reducing poverty. The film features cases from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China. Watch the documentary.
International Conference on Disaster Risk reduction

Taking place on 26-27 March in Kolkata, India, the International Conference on DRR will bring together experts and NGOs to exchange knowledge and provide a diverse platform to discuss DRR trends, innovations, challenges and solutions. EcoDRR innovations could fit into several of the conference sessions, such as: disaster recovery and reconstruction, risk governance, or future carbon footprint. Call for contributions is open until 10 March and registration closes 15 March. See conference brochure.
Nepal gears up to build earthquake-resistant structures using bamboo

©Rajendra Shakya
A recent initiative by the Common Fund for Commodities, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, the Government of Nepal, ICIMOD and ABARI aims to help Nepal build back better after the April 2015 earthquake through the sustainable use of bamboo forests. Sustainable forest use will reduce earthquake vulnerability by using high-tensile strength bamboo as a locally-sourced construction material. A  workshop on this initiative was held 1 March in Kathmandu. Find out more.
Call for Applications
Masters of Science in Disaster Management with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Offered through a partnership between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Manchester, this MSc in Disaster Management programme (delivered online) aims to develop the student’s expertise on disaster management. The programme takes a multidisciplinary and research-based approach, and offers a hands-on field placement experience. Find out more.
Job Vacancies
Coordination Officer
Organization: UNEP
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 11 March 2016

Senior Environmental Specialist

Organization: World Bank
Location: Washington, United States
Deadline: 23 March 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Agriculture and Natural Resource Adviser
Organization: Concern Worldwide
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Deadline: 13 March, 2016

GIS and Metadata Officer
Organization: ADPC
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline: 13 March 2016
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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