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Weekly News Alert
Issue 205  April 10-15, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners: Naturally Resilient Communities
The Nature Conservancy has developed an online interactive tool featuring 30 case studies, mostly about cities which used nature-based solutions to protect themselves against climate threats including flooding and coastal erosion. The tool is designed as a one-stop hub for city planners, engineers and community leaders. Read more here and also check out the tool.
Featured Video
Forests as shields against avalanches
In the Nevados de Chillan region in Chile, avalanches comprise a silent threat to an increasing number of local communities. Research of IUCN indicated that forests increase protection against avalanches for local communities. Check out the video to learn more.
Project Insights
Before the famine: Enhancing climate resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems in Somalia
As 70% of Somalis are dependent on climate-sensitive agriculture and pastoralism, resilience building has become a major priority of the Government. Through a UNDP-supported programme, farmers in Somalia are promoting grazing systems that consider the carrying capacity of the entire ecosystem to help build local resilience against drought and floods. Check out the project report here.
Oroville Dam crisis spurs debate on California’s aging water infrastructure
California is now having a critical debate on the state’s water management approach. Under the recent extreme drought condition and also the recent near-disaster at the Oroville Dam two months ago, academia, NGOs and scientists are now suggesting a new way to manage water in the state – combining green infrastructure with grey infrastructure for better flood protection. Check out the full article here.
Alliances for green infrastructure: State of Watershed Investment 2016


NGO Ecosystem Marketplace published a report that captures the size, scale, and scope of market mechanisms for green infrastructure for water management. Looking at green infrastructure development from a business perspective, the report discusses market mechanisms of various watershed investment schemes including for flood risk reduction, maintaining stream flows during droughts, stabilizing soil to prevent erosion and landslides, and the protection of soil productivity to ensure food security. Check out the full report here.
Upcoming Events
World Green Infrastructure Congress
The World Green infrastructure Congress is going to take place in Berlin from 20 – 22 June 2017. The congress focuses on greening of buildings and on how this could reduce urban risks including urban heatwaves, rainwater mismanagement and urban floods. The Congress is now open for registration, check out the programme and register here.
Job Vacancies
Project Coordinator, Environment/Disaster Risk Management (Open to Kyrgyzstan Nationals Only)
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Closing Date: 21 April 2017
Programme Analyst, Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: New York, United States
Closing Date: 20 April 2017
International Consultant-Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Programming

Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Dhaka,Bangladesh
Closing Date: 24 April 2017
For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions
Organization : International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location : Brussels, Belgium
Closing Date : 05 May 2017

Programme Management Officer (74759-R-Nairobi (E)), Climate Change Adaptation, P3

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: 29 April 2017


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News Writer: KaSik Tong
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