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Issue 136 - November 16 - 20, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
First workshop on Eco-DRR in Southeast Europe

A first-ever workshop on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Southeast Europe was organised by IUCN and the Council of Europe from 29 - 30 September, 2015. About 20 participants attended the workshop, including policy makers, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. The workshop introduced nature-based solutions for DRR and CCA, presented case studies, analyzed local scenarios, and facilitated networking, in order to encourage implementation of ecosystem-based DRR and CCA solutions. For more photos, checkout our Facebook Group.
Featured Event
International Wildland Fire Management Community
sends strong signal to COP 21
In October 2015 the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference – an event taking place every four years – was hosted by the Republic of Korea and attended by delegates from 73 countries, UN agencies and other international organizations. In the Pyeongchang Declaration “Fire Management and Sustainable Development”, conference participants called to the UNFCCC COP 21 to address global impacts of vegetation fires through Integrated Fire Management (IFM) solutions and to assist countries in doing so. Read more.
US$1.3 million awarded for community-based projects to improve
ecosystems of Long Island Sound
Federal and state environmental officials in the United States announced allocation of 22 grants worth more than USD $1.3 million to local government and community groups in New York and Connecticut. The projects are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund which will focus on improving water quality, restoring the river, grassland and coastal habitats, and building resilient communities.  Continue reading.
Case Study in Storify
Landslide risk reduction in the city of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is prone to landslides, mudslides and floods due to its natural setting. Despite the high risks, many people settle in favelas that are located in exposed areas such as steep, unstable slopes and floodplains. After three major flooding events in January and April 2010 and January 2011 that killed about 1200 people, the state government has focused on disaster risk management which includes ecosystem based management. To learn more, watch the storify on “Landslide risk reduction in the city of Rio de Janeiro”.

Forest, trees and disasters
The current issue of Unasylva by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) investigates how forests and trees function as natural buffers against disasters. Articles in this issue cover a range of disasters and crises. Sustainable forest management is highlighted as a crucial approach to disaster risk reduction. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction writes about the critical role of forest ecosystems. Link to publication
Fortress Maldives: Protecting islands against climate change comes at a price
The Environment Minister for Maldives Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim affirms the importance of building climate resilience in developing countries, specifically small island states vulnerable to sea level rise. A multi-pronged approach to reducing climate change impacts is emphasized, which include relocating people from outlying islands, diversifying the economy, and establishing natural buffer zones such as mangrove forest and coral reefs. He argues that these measures cannot be implemented without support from developed countries. Read more.

Photo by Laika AC
In Remembrance of an Eco-DRR Champion
PEDRR pays tribute to Mr. Masatoshi Sato, Senior Corporate Adviser of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Inc. In his role as Chairman for the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation, Mr. Sato advocated for the need to invest in nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction, especially following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. He also strongly promoted greater involvement of the insurance sector in this area of work. Mr. Sato presented at various PEDRR-supported international events, including at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai, 2015). With his warm personality and strong commitment to reducing peoples’ vulnerabilities to disasters and protecting biodiversity, he is sadly missed and honoured. 

Mr. Masatoshi Sato
Last Chance: Apply for PEDRR Secretariat Internships
The deadline to apply for PEDRR Secretariat Internships is fast-approaching. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals who are interested to gain hands-on experience in Eco-DRR and communications. Hosted at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva, Switzerland, 3-4 month internships are available from December 2015 - December 2016. Apply through UN Inspira Job Opening No. 50021. Deadline: 28 November 2015. All UNEP internships are unpaid.
Job Vacancies
Consultant for Green Economy Research Project
Organization: United Nations Environment Programme
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 26 November 2015

Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Specialist
Organization: UN Women
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Deadline: 09 December 2015

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
National Programme Coordinator
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Brazil Country Office, Brazil
Deadline: 11 December 2015

Water & Wetlands Programme Coordinator
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Deadline: 19 December 2015
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News Writer: Carol R.L. Alfred  
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