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Issue 112 - June 01-05, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
   PEDRR Shoutout - Wrapping up the MOOC on  Disasters and  Ecosystems     
Congratulations to CNRD, UNEP, and Iversity for the successful completion of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems, which concluded on 31 May. We would like to extend our thanks to ALL those who enrolled in the MOOC and shared their knowledge, experiences, and insights, which made for a rich exchange. Congratulations also to the 50 winners who garnered the top prize for their final assignments, and who should be receiving a copy of the book The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction! STAY TUNED for the next MOOC, which will be announced through this newsletter. Here are our statistics:
  • Over 12,000 enrolled from 183 countries 
  • After 5 weeks and end of the Leadership Track, we had 37% completion rate
  • 50% professionals took the course 
  • 4,500 people on the MOOC Facebook - created and generated by MOOC students! 
Thank you for sharing your reflections on the MOOC:
"I enjoyed every aspect of the course, it was quite informative and educative. The videos and assignments strengthened one's skills in disaster risk management."

"I am working on a project on ecosystem restoration, so for me I was also practicing the concepts learnt from the course in my day to day work."

"I find the course content informative and easy to follow, I am particularly impressed by the additional links to more reading materials."
'Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business'
Fifty percent of Jeffery's Town's population is engaged in subsistence farming on family-owned land. As a response to frequent landslides, the farmers responded by building gabion walls and terraces, which created a free-flowing drainage system through rocks that were supported by galvanised steel baskets. They also planted trees, created small check dams, cleared gullies, and added hurricane straps to buildings, illustrating a community-driven and integrated approach to disaster risk management. Read more.
Philippines: Local governments urged to back development plans on DRR and CCA

Local governments from four provinces in the southern region of the Philippines were called upon to support and implement their respective plans that already integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Identified DRR/CCA projects include reforestation and watershed development projects, construction of weather resistant drainage/flood/river control, provision of relocation sites and climate resistant housing units, among others. However, other stakeholders were also called upon to support local governments, who should not carry the sole burden of tackling disasters and climate change impacts. Read more.
Featured Publications
Protected areas as tools for DRR: A handbook for practitioners
This handbook describes how and why protected areas contribute to ecosystem-based DRR. It is part of a series detailing how protected areas can maximise ecosystem services, without undermining their fundamental conservation functions. Read more.
UNISDR working papers on public investment planning and financing strategy for DRR: Review of Peru

This report contains the baseline for public investment in disaster risk management (DRM) and CCA for Peru. The protection, conservation and management of water, land and ecosystem resources of the watershed for risk reduction are also considered and financed. Read more.
Featured Past Event
Adaptation Knowledge Day VI 
Adaptation Knowledge Day provided the opportunity for strengthening knowledge-sharing on climate change adaptation. IUCN presented on making the case for ecosystem-based adaptation and discussed knowledge gaps. The role of the Climate Technology Centre and Network in adaptation technology development, transfer and innovation was also be featured. More Information.
Date: 6th June 2015
Location: Bonn, Germany

Upcoming Events

8th ESP World Conference

To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world. The 2015 conference will promote public and private sector dialogue on how ecosystem services can be optimized for conservation, improvement of livelihoods and engagement with the business community. Keep an eye out for the session hosted by Fabrice Renaud from United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security entitled 'The role of ecosystem services in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development' (Session ID: T8a) More Information. 
Date: 9-13 November 2015
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance
All life depends on the services provided by healthy ecosystems including human well-being. Today these complex systems are threatened by unsustainable demand for resources, climate change, political conflicts, and decades of inadequate and inappropriate management. Understanding the state of the world's ecosystems, the threats they face, and their resilience is crucial if we are to develop holistic and inclusive and innovative policies, strategies and actions. More Information.
Date: 25-27 June 2015
Location: Guiyang City, China
Date: 27-30 October 2015
Location: Beijing, China
Job Vacancies
Handicap International
Position: Technical Advisor Natural Disaster and Risk Management
Deadline: 21 June 2015
Duty station: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Position: Programme Officer
Deadline: 23 June 2015
Duty station: New York, USA

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Gabriella Magiera
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