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Issue 187 - Month November 21- 25, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: The thirteenth meeting to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) will take place in Cancun, Mexico, 4-17 December. PEDRR partners have prepared specific Eco-DRR material and publications to celebrate the event: 

Panel Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change, 08 December, Venue:  Asia and the Pacific Regional Group Meeting Room

The European Commission is organising a side event to promote natural solutions in the context of mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction. For more information on EC’s environmental research agenda, please follow the link.

Panel Discussion On Ecosystem-based Adaptation investment to reduce disaster risk, 06 December, Venue:  Rio Pavilion.

Ramsar, the European Commission, and the United Nations Development Programme are co-hosting a panel discussion on how EbA can  reduce disaster risk and catalyze social, economic and environmental dividends. The objectives of the panel are to share on-the-ground  evidence of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Eco-DRR work and identify partnership opportunities which bridge the biological diversity, climate change, and DRR practitioner communities.
Synthesis report on experiences with ecosystem-based approaches to climate change and to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Published by the Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) together with other stakeholders, this report provides a synthesis of global experiences to ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and ecosystem-based DRR. It includes key findings from the CBD Technical Workshop  held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 2015, where a range of experts and practitioners discussed national and regional  efforts towards implementation of EbA and Eco-DRR measures. 
Africa convenes to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework
Port Louis, Mauritius, hosted the 6th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa from 22-25 November. Some 800 practitioners had registered to attend the event including 300 government representatives. The platform served as the first opportunity for the region to convene since the adoption of the Sendai Framework. In the pre-Platform build-up, IUCN convened a two-day workshop on Eco-DRR, which brought together representatives from the Ministries of Environment and Disaster Management of at least 18 African countries, scientists and practitioners and identified opportunities to scale-up the approach in the region. The Draft Outcome document is now available, with specific references to Eco-DRR, particularly under Priority 2 of the Sendai Framework. Click here

  © UNISDR 2016
Past Event 
Linking biodiversity, ecosystems and DRR in Asia 
IUCN, with support from UNISDR and the Japan Biodiversity Fund, have organized a workshop in New Delhi, India, on 1-2 November. The workshop aims to raise awareness and promote biodiversity and ecosystem services as no-regret solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change impacts. The main output of the workshop will be to review the Asia Regional Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction and Biodiversity. This workshop was organized in the margins of the Asia Regional Platform on DRR which was held on 02-05 November. Follow the link

©  IUCN 2016
Education and Training 
New Masters programme at the United Nations University 
The United Nations University in partnership with the University of Bonn are launching a new Master’s Programme on the Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security. The two-year Master's provides post-graduate students with an interdisciplinary training. For more information about the course and how to apply, please Click here
Featured Blog 
Natural flood defenses protect homes in the UK
Natural defenses in Somerset, the United Kingdom, have protected homes from torrential rain damages from the recent storm “Angus”. Natural flood prevention structures were put in place in 2013, such as allowing trees to fall into rivers to slow water flows and using floodplains to temporarily store water. Since then, the defenses have reduced flood peaks by 10% helping to protect £30 million worth of property. Follow the link to access the full article.

 ©  The Guardian 2016
Job Vacancies
Project Communications Officer 
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme  
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Closing date: 6 December

Emergency Response Officer 
Organisation: International Medical Corps
Location: Iraq, various locations
Closing date: 10 December
For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
SERVIR-Mekong Programme Internship
Organisation: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre
Location: Bangkok Thailand
Closing date: 31 December
Emergency Information Management Consultant
Organisation: UN Children’s Fund 
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Closing date: 30 November
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News Writer: Lawson Brunnock   
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