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Issue 154 - April 4 - 7, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
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Your PEDRR Virtual Library - UPDATED
An updated list of PEDRR's Virtual Library is now available on the PEDRR website. The PEDRR Virtual Library compiles all types of references related to Eco-DRR, drawing from materials featured in PEDRR’s Weekly Eco-DRR Newsletter, as well as from other sources, consisting of reports, scientific journals, news articles, books and videos. This Virtual Library is Yours – please use and share widely.  If you would like to add references to the Virtual Library, please write to: View here.
Ecosystems help cope with climate change
A project in Bangladesh conducted research on the Chanda Beel wetland and Balukhali Village and discovered that water infrastructure, such as sea walls, dykes and dams, can do more harm than good. It highlights the importance of ecosystem-based approaches for enabling poor and vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change impacts. Read the article.

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Evaluating ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction in Fiji
Research done in Fiji has found that annual losses from flooding will increase by 90% with moderate climate change. Evidence from developed countries shows that ecosystem-based solutions can be more cost effective than engineered infrastructure in reducing risk, making it attractive for developing countries with limited resources. The research has led to greater understanding of ecosystem-based approaches and use of cost-benefit analysis in evaluating climate change adaptation options in Fiji. Read the report.
Featured Video
Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Jamaica
The Government of Jamaica, the European Union and UNEP have implemented the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project, which aims to increase the resilience of coastal ecosystems to climate change impacts, for instance through mangrove reforestation and tackling the encroachment of invasive species. Click to Watch.
Call for Papers
International workshop on public policies and governance to enhance urban resilience, held during World Water Week
On 28 August- 02 September, the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the National University of Singapore are organising a workshop on “Policies and Governance to enhance urban resilience: Impacts of droughts and floods”, during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The workshop will discuss the impacts of droughts and floods on the resilience of cities, looking at water, land use, energy, food and environmental issues. More information.
Nature: a powerful ally for business
Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) writes about what nature can do for business and what business can do for nature. Business can access new markets through innovative products and services, reduce costs by being more resource efficient and reduce exposure to climate-related risks through nature-based solutions. However, business must also account for its impact on nature across the global supply chains. Read the article.

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Upcoming Event
World Mountain Forum 2016
Taking place on 17-20 October in Mbale, Uganda, this year’s Forum will focus on “Mountains for Our Future” with four sub-themes, of which one will focus on DRR. It will feature the involvement of local populations and integration of local knowledge into national strategies to maintain critical services of mountain ecosystems. Deadline for registration is 30 June.  Find out more.

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Job Vacancies
Senior Climate Change and Land-use Consultant
Organisation: South Pole Group
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: 31 May

Climate Change Adaptation Consultant
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Home Based with travel to Africa
Deadline: 06 May

Policy Advisor - Community Resilience Planning
Organisation: New York City Office of the Mayor
Location: New York, United States
Deadline: N/A

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Disaster Risk Reduction Officer
Organisation: Food for the Hungry
Location: Manila, Philippines
Deadline: 29 April

Programme Officer
Organisation: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 13 May

Chief, Regional Programmes and Disaster Risk Reduction Coordination
Organisation: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 28 April
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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