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Issue 104 - April 6 - 10, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation

   PEDRR Shoutout -  Protected areas as tools for disaster risk reduction

The role of ecosystems in providing affordable and reliable natural infrastructure that serve as protective barriers against disasters has been increasingly recognized. Protected areas offer well-established tools which could facilitate disaster risk reduction. This IUCN handbook for practitioners aims to provide practical guidance on the effective use of protected areas as a tool for DRR. More information.
Online Resources
UNFCCC database on local coping strategies

This database intends to facilitate the transfer of coping strategies, mechanisms, knowledge and experience from communities that have learned to adapt to specific hazards or climate conditions. Literature can be searched by hazards, impacts, strategy or region. The database includes projects on natural resource management in the context of disaster management. More information.
Video of the week

First aired in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on "Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in Changing Climate", UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström shares some successful DRR stories she has witnessed and explains why DRR is often not prioritized. View her video lecture at: To find out more about the MOOC, visit: It's not too late to enroll in the MOOC, visit: 

Job Vacancies
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Position: Administrative assistant
Deadline: April 25 2015
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Finance Initiative
Position: Communications consultant
Deadline: April 15 2015
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

International Institute for Sustainable Development
Position: Computer programing consultant
Deadline: April 17 2015
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

To view these job vacancies, please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Urban risk reduction: developing and implementing resilience action plans for cities

A new online course  focusing on resilience in cities was last week lauched by UNISDR and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Piloted in 13 countries, the training aims to strenghten governments' capacities to cope with disasters and enhance urban resilience. Comprised of seven modules focusing on DRR, there is one specific module on mainstreaming DRR into sectoral programmes, including ecosystems and environment. Read article.
Launch of Drought-Net Research
Droughts are known to impact terrestrial ecosystems, but there is a knowledge gap. Improved understanding is needed of the mechanisms underlying different ecosystems' vulnerability to droughts. Traditional site-based approaches cannot provide this knowledge, because site-specific experiments are conducted in a way that makes comparisons difficult. This recently-established research network works on advancing the understanding of ecosystems' sensitivity to droughts. Read more.
Special Mention

PEDRR Secretariat thanks Hélène van Rossum for all her contributions, including the Eco-DRR weekly newsletter and PEDRR'S external communications during the Third World Conference on DRR.  Hélène interned with us from January to April 2015. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours. 
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News Writer: Ana Gomez
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