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Issue 118 - Month July 13- 17, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
 PEDRR Shoutout :                  
New Funding from EU to Support Disaster Risk Management in
Sub-Saharan Africa; 

UN Special Representative Cites Eco-DRR Project Implemented
in the D.R. Congo

At the Third  International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) that took place on 13-16 July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the European Union announced an €80 million funding package to finance the programme “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities”. It will support countries to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and achieve substantial reductions in disaster losses. Read more

At the FFD3, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, spoke about the Eco-DRR approach that UNEP, with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, applied to improve the Lukaya River basin’s water quality and reduce flood risk. Read more

Featured News
BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Oil sheen from BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 
BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims resulting from the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. The agreement would avert years of litigation over the environmental and economic impacts of a spill which caused barrels of crude oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days and pollute hundreds of miles of sensitive beaches, marshes and mangroves. President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy appealed for a greater focus on leveraging Deepwater Horizon-related funds to repair the natural areas of the Gulf, which would protect the communities against storms and contribute to the economic well-being of the Gulf’s human communities. Read more
Side-Event at FFD3
 “Risk and Resilience: Financing for Development in a Volatile and Uncertain World”

On 14 July 2015, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the governments of Switzerland and Nepal co-organized a side event at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. UNDP’s Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support underlined in his speech that financing can contribute to reducing social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities and enable countries to reduce the risk of conflict, disasters and economic crises. He also pointed out that environmental finance can not only result in an improved environment, but also build resilience and reduce risk. Learn more
World Bank: Development Banks Agree on Common Approach to Measure Climate Finance

The six large multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), a network of national, regional and international development banks, have agreed on a common set of principles to track financial commitments that help countries prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. IDFC and the MDBs agreed that increased support for more climate-resilient infrastructure, natural ecosystem and other adaptation measures is urgently needed. Read more
British Columbia Needs a Coastal Zone Management Act

The former director of the Oceans and Marine Fisheries Branch of the provincial government of British Columbia, Canada, has advocated that a British Columbia Coastal Management Act is urgently needed to respond to the challenges faced by its coast, which is a valuable asset for the province. She points out that a Coastal Management Act would enable local governments to protect and restore coastal ecosystems, develop climate change adaptation strategies, prepare for coastal and marine emergencies, as well as revitalize coastal communities. Link to the article
Video of the Week

Mangrove Forest Restoration & Conservation
A sea without mangrove is like a tree without any roots. The video illustrates the growing importance of mangroves to the health of the planet. Mangroves are not only a dynamic habitat linking land and sea, but also a living bioshield and protector against storms and tsunamis, with a carbon storage capacity up to five times bigger than rainforests. These unique and critical ecosystems need protecting and restoring. 
Watch the Video
To raise awareness of the importance of mangrove forests, Mangrove Action Project’s (MAP) invites Primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations to participate in the MAP’s annual, international Children's Mangrove Art Contest. Selected winners are published in the MAP Children Calendar. Deadline for contributions is 21 August 2015. Learn more about the contest

 Job Vacancies
Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid

Position: Program Manager DRR & Food security
Location: South Sudan (Juba)
Deadline: 22 Jul 2015

Agricultural Development Association 

Position: Consultancy: Building Back Better - Rehabilitation of Gaza Agriculture Sector
Location: Palestine, State of (Gaza Strip)
Deadline: 25 Jul 2015


Position: Consultants for workshop facilitation
Location: Dominica (Home-based)
Deadline: 28 Jul 2015

World Food Programme

Position: Junior Consultant, Geographic Information System
Location: Italy (Rome)
Deadline: 29 Jul 2015

World Food Programme

Position: Risk Analyst, Geographic Information System
Location: Italy (Rome)
Deadline: 29 Jul 2015

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Position: Early Recovery Advisor
Location: Sweden 
Deadline: 31 Aug 2015

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News Writer:Yingyue Wang
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