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Issue 131 - Month October 12 - 16, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Partners for Resilience scales up Eco-smart, climate and disaster resilient development
On 5-8 October, the Partners for Resilience (PfR) Alliance gathered 140 practitioners in The Hague to take stock of their collective efforts. Over the past five years, CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, Climate Centre and Wetlands International put communities at the center of reducing disaster risks and integrating climate change adaptation and ecosystem management solutions. Together, they delivered services to over half a million people. In the next phase, PfR will scale up its field demonstration projects with a focus on capacity building for influencing policies and plans, investment mechanisms and practices in five disaster-prone regions, including the Horn of Africa. Learn more.
Widespread coral bleaching event intensifying as temperature increases
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns of a 3rd global bleaching event where soaring ocean temperatures combined with El Niño will threat coral reefs around the world. If the event prolongs for more than a year as projected, corals will die, resulting in reduced shoreline protection during storms and affecting marine habitats. NOAA stresses the importance of addressing locally-produced threats to coral reefs as a way of building resilience. Continue reading.

Self-regulating corals protect their skeletons against ocean acidification
Ocean acidification affects coral’s ability to form skeletons and build reef structures. However, scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) have identified a coral species that is able to protect itself from ocean acidification. Found in Heron Island lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef, the coral colonies of P.cylindrica have the ability to maintain nearly constant pH levels within their calcifying fluid, regardless of the pH of the surrounding environment. Continue reading.

Featured Publication
Ecosystem-service assessment: Research needs for coastal green infrastructure
The US White House office recently issued a memorandum calling for the integration of natural infrastructure and ecosystems services into planning and decision-making across all federal agencies. In conjunction with the memorandum, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) released a report on “Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure”, which proposes areas for prioritized Federal research to support application of coastal green infrastructure into risk reduction, planning, investment, regulatory settings and decision-making. Link to publication and news.

Good Practice Review 9: Disaster risk reduction

The Good Practice Review 9 edition on Disaster Risk Reduction examines the principles and practice of DRR based on global experiences and provides guidance for implementation. Establishing linkages between disasters and ecosystem management is addressed. Learn more.
Upcoming Event
World Forum on Ecosystem Governance
The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will be held from 28 - 30 October 2015, in Beijing, China, where world experts and leaders will gather to promote better governance in responding to ecosystem threats. Key areas for discussion will include impacts of climate change and the role of technologies in sustaining ecosystem capacities.  For more
Tools and Innovations 
The Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) portal developed by the International Association of Universities (IAU) provides access to education material, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are free online resources, on a wide range of topics related to sustainable development. Check it out
PEDRR online survey results: Reporting back 
In the summer we conducted a survey to ask your views on our Eco-DRR weekly newsletter. Thank you for participating in our survey and positive feedback! While we are not able to address all of your suggestions, we will undertake the most frequent “asks”, namely:
  • Provide a more varied layout for presenting content;
  • Aim to feature more news from different regions, best practices and case studies, free training tools and open online resources, and upcoming events; and
  • Share funding opportunities.
With these changes, we hope to keep you engaged and enthusiastic about promoting Eco-DRR knowledge and practice globally. We are now a community of 4,112 subscribers. Please share the newsletter with your friends and networks so we can continue to grow. And don’t forget to send YOUR own news for us to feature! 
Job Vacancies
Statistical Assistant
Organization: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
Location: Education Indicators and Data Analysis Section
Closing Date: 1 November 2015

Specialist, Media & External Affairs 
Organization: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Location: US-DC-Washington

For more information please see the Jobs Discussion section in PEDRR's LinkedIn.
M&E and Impact Monitoring Consultant - LTA 
Organization: UNCDF and Inclusive Finance
Location: Home-based & occasional travel to UNCDF Bangkok Regional Office
Closing Date: 3 November 2015

Resilience Programme Team Leader
Organization: Concern Worldwide
Location: Pakistan
Closing Date: 11 November 2015

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News Writer: Carol R.L. Alfred  
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