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Issue 146 - February 8 - 12, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:                Consultative workshop on scaling-up Eco-DRR investments in India 
On 5 February, UNEP, together with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, held a consultative workshop on ecosystem‐based approaches for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Nehru Marg, Nagpur, India. The workshop presented the latest developments in the field of Eco-DRR/CCA internationally and discussed how ongoing Eco-DRR/CCA efforts in India can be better coordinated and up‐scaled. Participants included representatives from the Government, academia and civil society. View meeting photos on Facebook. 
How nature can help us adapt to a changing climate: Climate scientist David Hole responds
Q: Why don’t we hear more about nature-based solutions?
A: Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) solutions are often complex and therefore hard to explain in today’s fast-paced media. EbA’s effectiveness in reducing risk is also not completely understood yet.
Q:Can EbA be applied in metropolitan areas?
A: EbA can be just as applicable in an urban setting as it is in rural. However, EbA should not be the only solution – a systems approach must be taken.
Q:Did EbA play a role in the climate negotiations in Paris?
A: Yes. The Paris agreement acknowledges that climate change is/will continue impacting communities, so climate change adaptation through EbA is essential.
Read the whole Q&A here.

©Davey6585/Flickr Creative Commons
Nature crucial to combating impact of climate change on water
Climate change is going to make water-related hazards, such as droughts and floods, more frequent and severe in specific regions. Two Managing Directors of The Nature Conservancy argue that nature-based investments can minimize these risks and ensure enough water for future generations.  Read the article.

©The Nature Conservancy
Handbook on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and UNDP have developed a handbook to support mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction through policy and legal frameworks. Drawing from previous work on the “Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction”, the handbook provides detailed guidance on enhancing risk governance across sectors, including environment. Check out the handbook.

Video of the week
The Nature Conservancy: At the Water's Edge
This video describes how The Nature Conservancy is leading the charge on climate change resilience. It focuses on the development of an ecosystem-based adaptation project in Grenada, which employs low-profile underwater structures to reduce storm wave energy and promote coral growth as well as fish habitat – a project which the Conservancy hopes to scale up. Watch the video.

©The Nature Conservancy
Upcoming Events
The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) conferences in 2016
The Ecosystem Services Partnership is organizing a series of conferences focusing on ecosystem services in policy and practice to find ‘nature based solutions’ for environmental and socio-economic problems. Confirmed conferences this year include: South Korea (30 May-3 June), Belgium (19-23 September), Kenya (21-25 November) and the United States (5-9 December).  Find out more.

Job Vacancies
Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme
Organization: International Council for Science
Location: Beijing, China
Deadline: 18 March, 2016

Public Information Intern
Organization: UNEP
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 23 February 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Consultancy: Early Warning Early Action
Organization: World Vision Somalia
Location: Somalia (potentially all areas)
Deadline: 15 February, 2016

Programme Officer

Organization: UNISDR
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 20 February 2016
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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