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Issue 204  April 3-7, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout : Flood Green Approaches in Practice (Flood GAP) is now calling for public contributions for mapping nature-based flood management
Led by World Wide Fund for Nature, Flood GAP encourages crowdsourcing of information on how and where nature-based flood management methods are being used around the world. The public is welcome to participate by submitting a photo and also provide a short description about projects they have experienced. Map a project here.
Project Insights
Mangrove conservation for disaster risk reduction
Myanmar is one of the most disaster-affected countries, experiencing frequent tropical cyclones and floods. In order to strengthen people’s resilience to disasters, ACTED is implementing ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction projects in Myanmar, including conservation and rehabilitation of mangroves, which could buffer against strong winds and storm surges. Learn more here.
India re-introduces traditional farming system to fight climate change and accelerated sea level rise 
In Kuttanad, India, which faces increased farming uncertainty due to rising sea levels, scientists are working to revive a 150-year-old local farming system. The system is designed especially for cultivation on land that is 2 meters below sea level, enabling farming to withstand salt water intrusion and monsoon floods. Revival of the traditional system is expected to mitigate ecosystem damage caused by the overuse of chemicals in recent years and adopt a wider “ecosystem approach” to farming activities. Check it out here.
Insurers and environmental groups work to promote natural infrastructure for risk reduction
Quantifying the impacts of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction measures is challenging, making it difficult to attract investments in this area of work. A group of experts, including insurers and environmental groups, is teaming up to quantify and demonstrate the role of natural infrastructures, such as wetlands and mangroves, in mitigating property losses from hurricanes and flooding. Read about their progress here.
Cyclone Debbie: How we can design cities to withstand disasters?

The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in Australia is another repeated crisis experienced by cities all around the world. This author argues that cities are currently not designed to withstand cyclones and suggests that cities need to be built differently in order to minimize damages caused by cyclones. Learn more here.
Training on Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience
The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is now offering a training on ‘Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience’. Staff from the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office and CIRCA will introduce participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices for building coastal resilience. For more details, check it out here.
Job Vacancies
Senior Legal Advisor
Organization: WaterLex
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 15 May 2017
Senior Delegate Tajikistan Climate Change Adaptation/Natural Resource Management
Organization: Caritas
Location: Tajikistan
Closing Date: 15 April 2017
Strategic Communications and Social Media Specialist (REF GEO/CALL/Comms/17/01)
Organization: Group on Earth Observation Secretariat
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 30 April 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Conflict Specialist
Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Sittway, Myanmar
Closing Date: 13 April 2017
International Consultant – Gender and climate change programme development and reporting
Organization: UN Women
Location: Beijing, China
Closing Date: 11 April 2017
Project Manager – DREAMS Project for the Inclusive and Sustainable Development
Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Manila, Philippines
Closing Date: 19 April 2017

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News Writer: KaSik Tong
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