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Issue 207  April 24-28, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Regional Resilience Vision project for Southeastern Connecticut


The Nature Conservancy has been working in the Southeastern Connecticut region of the U.S. in a Regional Resilience Vision Project since 2015, which aims at helping local communities to gain a better understanding of challenges in building community resilience against extreme weather, climate change, and shifts in social and economic conditions. Check out their deliverables, the Summary of Findings and Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resilience Guidebook, from the project.
Project Insights
Initiative aims to make more green infrastructure projects ‘bankable’
Green infrastructure projects are generally uncertain in investment as the benefits are hardly visible. The C40 Climate Leadership Group, World Resources Institute and Citi Foundation have jointly formulated the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative in London in order to encourage the investor community to invest in green infrastructure projects to fight increasing disaster risk and address climate change in the urban area. Check out the full article here.
Cosumnes River Provides Model for Floodplain Restoration in California
California’s 5 years drought has sparked an alert on the need of investigating on groundwater recharge and floodplain restoration so as to fight the groundwater overdraft problem. The University of California has carried out a study on the Cosumnes River in northern California and results show that floodplain restoration can substantially recharge groundwater and restore natural habitats. The findings suggested a way to make the state’s surface and groundwater systems more sustainable and resilient to sudden environmental changes. Check out the full article here.
Seafloor Erosion in Coral Reef Ecosystems Leaves Coastal Communities at Risk
When seafloor is eroding, coral reefs fail to keep pace with sea level rise, and this in turn aggravates coastal communities’ exposure to risks from storms, waves and erosion. Geological survey researchers in the U.S. have found cases of seafloor erosion in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii. It is shown that the combined effect of rising sea and seafloor erosion has already increased water depths more than what most scientists expected to occur many decades from now.  Check out the full article here and the research paper here.
As wetlands in Kenya dry up, locals opt for alternative livelihood options

Wetlands are important to Kenyans in many ways, since they support key economic pillars – water services, agriculture and tourism and also safeguard communities against disasters by absorbing excess rainfall during floods. Therefore, the loss of wetlands in Kenya could have significant impact on the society making it a complex and systemic issue. Learn more about the causes behind the wetland loss here.
Upcoming Event
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality  in the U.S. and its partners are holding the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference from 31 May to 2 June 2017 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The conference will discuss on the possible uses of green infrastructure and stormwater management strategies to regulate the surface runoff in the Great Lakes region so as to improve local resilience to floods. To learn more and apply here before 23 May 2017.
Job Vacancies
Programme Manager, Resilience
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Kinshasa, Congo
Closing Date: 05 May 2017

International Consultant, Strengthening national capacities and frameworks for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation 2012-2016
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Closing Date: 03 May 2017

Policy Advisor (Crisis, Fragility, Resilience) P5
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: New York, United States
Closing Date: 03 May 2017
For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, NO-C (TA), Lucknow - Re-advertisement (Indian Nationals only)
Organization: UNICEF
Location: India
Closing Date: 06 May 2017

Energy Programme Coordinator
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Suva, Fiji
Closing Date: 09 May 2017

Developing Country Engagement Officer
Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 18 May 2017
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News Writer: KaSik Tong
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