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Issue 114 - June 15 - 19, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
   PEDRR Shoutout - The World Environmental Education  Congress, 28 June - 2 July in Gothenburg, Sweden 

The MOOC team will be organizing two sessions.
If you are attending, please join us!
1. Sunday June 28. 9:00-17:00. Room: Humanisten  C350
Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)
and UNEP-partnership forum. 
2. Tuesday June 30. 8:30-10:30. Room: Humanisten D304
Presentation: Development and Implementation of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Disasters and Ecosystems - Resilience in a Changing Climate"
3. Thursday July 2. 8:30-9:15. Room: Hovratten T302
Session: Improving environmental education and human security through web-based learning tools.

More information
Synergies Between Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Forest Landscape Restoration

The two typical responses to climate change - mitigating emissions and adapting to impacts - are often pursued as separate actions. But some ecosystem-based responses, such as forest restoration, contribute to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. A new report from IUCN examines where and how forest restoration helps to achieve mitigation and adaptation goals, featuring experiences from several countries.
Read more.
Sri Lanka's Comprehensive Mangrove Project

Mangrove forests provide a key buffer along coastlines, greatly decreasing damage caused by tsunamis, storm surge and hurricanes. Sri Lanka has launched a US$3.4 million project that aims to increase coastal resilience to floods, erosion, tsunamis and storm surge, reports Floodlist. The project seeks to protect existing mangrove forests and restore 3,885 hectares (9,600 acres) of previously destroyed mangroves. Sri Lanka is poised to be the first nation in the world to comprehensively preserve all of its mangroves. Read more.
Watch this new documentary to learn more about the project.
Saving Sri Lanka's Mangroves
Saving Sri Lanka's Mangroves
Job Vacancies
Position: Programme Officer
Deadline: June 30th
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Position: Project Manager, Programme and Project Portals
Deadline: June 30th
Duty Station: Gland, Switzerland

Asia - Mangroves for the Future Initiative
Position: Knowledge and Information Manager
Deadline: June 30th
Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

Position: Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator
Deadline: June 26th
Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda

Position: Public Information Officer
Deadline: August 17th
Duty Station: Panama City, Republic of Panama

Position: Communications Consultant for PAGE (Partnership for Action on Green Economy)
Deadline: June 22nd
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Upcoming Event
Adaptation Futures 2016- Practices and Solutions
The 4th Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will be held in Rotterdam from 10 to 13 May 2016. The conference aims to move climate change adaptation (CCA) forward by promoting solutions across sectors, borders and communities. Ecosystem management in the context of agriculture, urban settings and public health, as well as the linkages between DRR and CCA, are themes to be discussed at the conference. Read more.
Featured Event
Training Course on Ecosystem Resilience in a Changing Climate
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) is currently training communities, institutions and officials to meet the challenges of climate change through effective climate risk management. In particular, ADPC is supporting DRR and CCA measures in coastal and river basin areas of Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The training, which took place 6-9 April 2015, was meant to benefit agriculture and environmental sector officials to build resilience of agro-ecosystems against climate and disaster risks associated with climate change. Read more.

Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
This article reviews the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) (SFDRR), and provides an analysis of how climate change is addressed in the SFDRR and the potential implications for dealing with climate change within the context of DRR. The authors argue that the issue of climate change could have been used to further promote an all-vulnerabilities and all-resilience approach. Link to article.

Navigating Complexity through Knowledge Co-production: Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into Disaster Risk Reduction

Efforts to reduce the risks and impacts of natural hazards present potential opportunities to mainstream ecosystem services into decisions. This special feature published by the National Academy of Sciences presents experiences of applying a "knowledge co-production approach" based on social-ecological systems research, to develop an integrated understanding of the natural hazard and its drivers and impacts, among a broad range of stakeholders. Four case studies are discussed. Link to publication.
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News Writer: Gabriella Magiera
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