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Issue 201 - March 13 - March 17, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Project Insights
Lima kicks off development of 30 Year Green Infrastructure Plan

Back in 2015, Lima, the capital city of Peru, made a commitment to restore the natural infrastructure of the region to manage drought, flood and landslide hazards more efficiently. Lima’s water utility company SEDAPAL has developed a Green Infrastructure Master Plan to leverage critical services of nature, for regulating water flows and complement grey infrastructure. However, implementation of the plan is far from easy. Check out their progress here in the full article.
New Orleans fights flooding by welcoming it
A lot of cities fight to keep water out. However, in 2017 city planners of New Orleans in the United States realized that they could protect the city by reintegrating water into the urban landscape, instead of pushing it out. They will implement a series of resilience projects, including diverting water into the landscape, converting sites into ‘water gardens’, replacing roads with permeable sidewalks, and introducing new green infrastructure in the city. New Orleans suffered catastrophic losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Learn more about the city’s current efforts here.
Featured Video
Ancient water tanks of Sri Lanka to adapt to a changing climate
To adapt to the changing climate, Sri Lanka is re-inventing its ancient water tank system, which makes use of the natural topography and keeps the natural cycle of water. The ancient water tank system, after years of neglect in the colonial era, no longer effectively functions, leading to severe droughts, water contamination and poor crop yields. The Government of Sri Lanka and UN Development Programme are now reintroducing the water tank system as a way to combat the impact of climate change, hoping to make communities more self-sufficient and to build higher climate resilience.
Scientific Corner
The Effectiveness, Costs and Coastal Protection Benefits of Natural and Nature-Based Defences
What are the costs and benefits of adopting Eco-DRR measures in the coastal area? By analysing data from 69 field measurements in coastal habitats globally, researchers examined the costs and benefits of nature-based defence projects and analysed the effectiveness of these defences in reducing wave heights. Check out the full report here.
Coastal Hazard Management Short Course 2017

The Griffith Centre for Coastal Management is now recruiting participants for its professional development course, which is designed to improve understanding of the coastal ecosystem, the impacts of environmental degradation, and coastal hazard management. Check out the event details here.
Upcoming Events
UN Environment-DHI Water Webinars
UN Environment-DHI Partnership together with the International Water Association is delivering technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to flood and drought planning and management. It will feature the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project as well as practical experiences in applying tools and new technologies. For further information and registration, please visit the official website here.
Job Vacancies
Research Fellow – Gender, Environment and Development (Asia)
Organization: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing Date: 23 March 2017
Programme Specialist (DRR/DRM)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Closing Date: 27 March 2017
Web Editor for PreventionWeb

Organization: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Location: Home-based
Closing Date: 22 March 2017

Consultancy: National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator
Organization: IISD
Location: Lima, Peru
Closing Date: 21 March 2017

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Programme Management Officer P4 (Job Opening Number 73455)
Organization: United Nations Environment Programme
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: 04 April 2017
Ecosystem Programme Intern
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature
Location: Malaga, Spain
Closing Date: 26 March 2017
Project Coordinator
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Closing Date: 24 March 2017
Program Manager
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Closing Date: 24 March 2017

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