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Weekly News Alert
Issue 145 - Feb 1 - 5, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
News from North America
Gentilly Resiliency District rethinks how to handle storm water
A federal grant is encouraging the Gentilly District of New Orleans, U.S.A, to focus on projects that will turn urban grounds into water features for flood risk management, as well as enhancing existing water features. These features include detention ponds and gardens, permeable sidewalks, and green parks – all designed to absorb storm water. Keep reading.

Case Studies
Urban coastal resilience: Valuing nature’s role in Howard Beach, New York City
In this case study, the The Nature Conservancy examines the potential role of nature-based infrastructure solutions to risks, such as flooding, in the community of Howard Beach, New York City, USA. The report proposes a new approach to quantifying ecosystem services as well as methods for decision-making that take into account natural infrastructure. Read the study.

© The Nature Concervancy
Promoting risk resilient livelihoods and mangrove management in fishing communities in Negros Occidental, Philippines

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, in partnership with The Johanniter, has launched a project to help communities in Negros Occidental, Philippines, build back more resiliently. The project will benefit 100 fishers by promoting sustainable mangrove management as a climate change adaptation strategy. Learn more.

Call for Applications
Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security Masters with UNU-EHS
UNU-EHS, in collaboration with the University of Bonn, is now accepting applicants for its Masters (M.Sc.) degree programme in Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security. The programme teaches students “how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management”. Application deadline: 29 February 2016. Find out more on the website.
Scientific Corner
Rising tides: Will mangroves keep up as sea levels climb?
Through a process called “vertical surface elevation change” mangrove forests are inherently resilient to sea level fluctuations, making them vital for climate change adaptation. However, a review of existing research has revealed that mangrove ecosystems will be overwhelmed if climate-induced sea level rise reaches higher estimates. Find out more.

©Neil Palmer/ CIAT for CIFOR
Floods are natural, they don’t have to lead to disasters
Floods present a major hazard to many communities around the world, but Linda Freiner, Programme Manager for the Zurich Flood Resilience Programme, argues that this hazard can be controlled. She shares the experience of the Zurich Insurance Group, demonstrating how ecosystem-based solutions must be the first line of defence in flood management. Read more findings here.

Job Vacancies
Field Engineer
Organization: RIMES
Location: Pathumthani, Thailand
Closing Date: 21 February 2016

Programme Coordinator/Research Fellow, DRR
Organization: Institute of Social Policy Sciences
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Closing Date: 10 February 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Disaster Risk Reduction Officer
Organization: UNICEF
Location: Kolkata, India
Closing Date: 10 February 2016

Senior Programme Management Officer
Organization: UNEP
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: 12 March, 2016
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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