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Issue 160 - May 16 - 20, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
PEDRR at the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2)

UNEA-2 takes place at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya from 23-27 May under the overarching  theme, “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  UNEA is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, with over 2,000 delegates expected.
PEDRR has released its latest Briefing Paper on Accelerating Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. If you are a UNEA-2 delegate, come to our High-level Special Event  on “Healthy Ecosystems, Resilient Planet: Accelerating implementation of the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda”, taking place 26 May, 13:00-14:30 hrs, Conference Room 11. For more information about PEDRR’s event and Briefing Paper on the 2030 Agenda, visit
Featured Events
Understanding Risk (UR) Forum
The 2016 UR Forum was held in Venice, Italy, from 16-20 May. On 17 May, UNEP organized a focus day event on “Opportunity mapping for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (Eco-DRR/CCA)”. Discussions focused on how to identify opportunities for reducing risk and increasing resilience through ecosystem-based approaches. Various decision support tools were presented. Catch more photos in PEDRR’s FacebookFind out more.

IAIA 16: Resilience and Sustainability Conference
Held from 11-14 May in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, the International Association for Impact Assessments (IAIA) held its Annual Conference which brought together environmental impact assessment professionals. A technical session  on Ecosystems and Resilience was held, where more than 150 people attended. At the session, UNEP’s Ogoniland Environmental Assessment was presented to highlight the importance of managing ecological and social tipping points in the oil industry. Catch more photos in PEDRR’s Facebook. Find out more.

Upcoming Training
Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Marine and Coastal Areas
The training course provided by Ramsar and Ramsar CREHO will take place 4-29 July online and from 1-5 August in Panama City, Republic of Panama. The course will have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish. It will provide the necessary elements to meet EbA measures and reduce disaster risk in marine and coastal ecosystem systems. Find out more.
Scientific Corner
The Effectiveness, Costs and Coastal Protection Benefits of Natural and Nature-Based Defences
There is currently great interest in the restoration and conservation of coastal habitats for protection from flooding and erosion. This paper provides a synthesis of the costs and benefits of coastal restoration projects and analyses the effectiveness of coastal habitats in providing coastal protection. It finds that the costs of nature-based defence projects, using salt-marshes and mangroves, can be two to five times cheaper than engineered structures. Read more about the multiple benefits of nature-based defences.

  © Beck, et. al.
Featured Video
Ecosystem services and Biodiversity - Science for Environmental Policy
Ecosystems provide multiple benefits to humanity, including food, clean water, flood protection, cultural heritage and a sense of place. However, many of these benefits derived from ecosystem services are under severe threat. Decision makers need clear information on how biodiversity underpins these services, the demand for such services, and the pressures impairing ecosystems’ capacity to provide these services. Watch the Video.

NEW Online Course
Engineering: Building with Nature
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is launching a new MOOC that explores the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructural designs. The Building with Nature design concept and its applications in water and coastal systems will be demonstrated. During the course, a range of case studies will be presented to illustrate ecological and engineering principles. Find out more.

© TU Delft
Job Vacancies
International Consultant on Climate Finance and Local Development Planning
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Male, Maldives
Deadline: 26 May

Senior Project manager Climate Adaptation/Vulnerability
Organisation: Adelphi
Location: Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 29 May

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Intern on Climate Risk Management (DRR/CCA)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Belmopan, Belize
Deadline: 2 June

Research Officer
Organisation: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Deadline: 25 May
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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