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Issue 141 - Month January 4-8, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
UK flooding: How a Yorkshire town worked with nature to stay dry

In Pickering, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, citizens pulled together to combat flooding in their area over the holiday season by employing nature-sourced materials. These included bales of heather and dams made of logs and twigs, which allowed normal levels of water to flow through but restricted water when levels rose. The success of these efforts have led to a rethinking of the proposed £5 billion policy which focuses on conventional flood defenses. Read the story here.
Project Insights from Asia, Africa and North America

Mangroves shield communities from typhoons, storm surges

In Guinayangan, The Philippines, The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction is working with the local government and community to restore mangroves as a climate change adaptation strategy, which include identifying appropriate species and ideal locations for planting. The mangroves protect coastal villages from frequent storm surges caused by typhoons as well as provide for local livelihoods. Find out more.
Insurance firm turns to planting trees in South Africa to combat drought risk

©Jeffrey Brabee/Alliance
In the Baviaanskloof area of South Africa, the organization Living Lands has been working to restore degraded forests in order to retain more water during periods of low rainfall. The project is being funded in part by the agriculture insurance company Santam, demonstrating increasing interest from the insurance sector to invest more in Eco-DRR.. Learn more.
Connecticut Coastal Resilience Program
In Connecticut, USA, public awareness of the increasing risk posed by climate change has not yet been met with information or tools to reduce that risk. To fill this knowledge gap, the Connecticut Coastal Resilience Program provides a decision support platform to better inform the implementation of nature-based solutions such as restoration of wetlands and beaches. Find out more.
Investing in Landscapes for Integrated, Inclusive and Climate-Resilient Development

©Andrea Borgarello / World Bank
In this publication, The World Bank explores its focus on using a landscape approach for managing ecosystem resources. Using this methodology increases resilience to climate change and reaps more value from natural resources for the world’s poor. The publication discusses the hurdles encountered by The World Bank in implementing a landscape approach, but also offers successful examples. Read it here.
Scientific Corner
Rates and drivers of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia, 2000–2012
In spite of their importance in providing ecosystem services which reduce disaster risk and help coastal communities adapt to climate change, mangroves in Southeast Asia have experienced significant deforestation. This study seeks to quantify the drivers of deforestation in Myanmar and Indonesia in order to improve implementation of policies that aim to conserve mangroves. Read the article hereRead the article here. 
Videos of the week
10 things you should know about disaster risk reduction
This engaging video by The Humanitarian Practice Network lists key facts about disaster risk reduction. It raises important misconceptions, and explains fundamental DRR concepts such as vulnerability, hazard, and adaptation. Watch the video here.
IUCN: Championing nature-based solutions

In this video, IUCN explores the issue of climate change, and why nature is key to solving this global crisis. It explains how nature-based solutions help curb carbon emissions as well as protect against disasters. Watch the video here. 
Case Study
A community financing mechanism for disaster risk reduction: The Bio-rights approach

This case study is focused on a Bio-rights model project for DRR implemented by CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International in western Guatemala. Used as a microfinancing tool, the Bio-rights model provides small loans for short-term development needs through supporting ecosystem-based DRR activities. Read the study here.
Upcoming events
Res/Con 2016
Res/Con is the annual international conference on the practice of successful resiliency and disaster management in the global context. It will take place 01-03 March, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Topics will include: Coastal Restoration and Water Management, Technology, and Disaster Resilience. Find out more and register here.
10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10)
The 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development, will be held 22-28 April in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The theme of CBA10 is “Enhancing urban community resilience”. More information here.
Job Vacancies
Capacity Development Lead
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline: January 22, 2016

Intern – Programme Management
Organization: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline: January 15, 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Senior Risk Management and Control Officer
Organization: The African Capacity Building Foundation
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Associate Programme Management Officer
Organization: United Nations Environment Programme
Location: Abu Dhabi, UEA
Deadline: January 20, 2016
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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