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Issue 163 - Month June 06 - 10, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Sharing traditional knowledge to protect farmland from climate effects

© IUCN/ Fabiola Monty
West African farmers are losing productive land, as reduced rainfall and rising sea levels contribute to growing land salinization and drought. Since 2013, IUCN’s Ecosystem Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project has supported local communities from 12 villages in western Senegal and northern Burkina Faso in their efforts to sustainably restore land using traditional land practices. An IUCN-facilitated exchange has enabled farmers from both countries to pool their traditional knowledge as they adapt to these climatic changes. Read the blog.
Can we learn to live with flooding?

© Ed Barsley
Rapid urban growth and unpredictable weather focus attention on the resilience of cities worldwide to extreme weather events and how best to manage flood risk. Dr. Dick Fenner from Cambridge University says that water should be regarded positively. He is part of the UK-wide Blue-Green Cities project, which manages urban flood risk in ways that also pay multiple dividends, through ‘greening’ the city. “We want to turn rainfall into a win-win-win event”, he says. Read the Article.
Featured Events

European Ecosystem Services 2016 Conference
Held on 19-23 September 2016 at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, the Conference will focus on ‘Helping nature to help us’ and examine the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting and protecting human well-being. It is the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. More information.
6th International Conference on Water and Flood Management
The conference organised by the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 4-6 March 2017. One of the themes discussed will be ecosystem protection and the sustainable use of floodplain and coastal resources. More information.
Call for Applications
Horizon 2020 EKLIPSE

EKLIPSE is developing a European Mechanism that is inviting experts to develop an impact evaluation framework for nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas. Deadline for applications is 17 June 2016. Find out more.
Spotlight on Ecosystem-based DRR and CCA in the Asia Pacific region

© Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP
UNEP launched the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific, which looks at how the region can “leapfrog” into resilient, low-carbon, green growth, based on smarter solutions, technological innovation and regional cooperation. In the chapter entitled “Increasing vulnerability to the impacts of natural hazards and extreme events”, lead author Frank Thomalla, of SEI’s Asia Centre, points out growing interest in the value of ecosystems for risk reduction. Read the full interview.
Job Vacancies
Agro-Forestry Management Planning Specialist
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Fiji, Fiji

Deadline: 17 June

Resilience Advisor, Engineer
Organisation: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Location: Home Based
Deadline: 19 June

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Land use analysis and stakeholder engagement expert, forestry and natural resource management unit and ecosystem services unit
Organisation: Winrock International (WI)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: 27 June

Technical Analyst (Climate Change)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: 16 June
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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