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Issue 221 August 01 - 04, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout : Reducing flood risk in Panama City
The Juan Díaz sub-district of Panama City has become the most flood-prone area of Panama due to urban developments and landfills in the floodplains, riverbeds and mangroves. Experts of the Dutch water sector, supported by Wetlands International, analysed the problem and advised to start ‘Water Dialogues’. The latter facilitated a participatory learning process to identify the main causes of risk, stimulating innovative solutions such as ‘Building with Nature’ and initiatives on water governance. Download the report here
New tool helps assess agroecosystem vulnerability to climate change
Climate change and climate-related disasters have a profound impact on agricultural ecosystems and are major drivers of global food insecurity. A new analytical tool developed by World Food Programme, the Consolidated Livelihood Exercise for Analyzing Resilience (CLEAR), brings a better understanding of the food security and climate risks nexus, which is key for the design and targeting of development programmes. The approach works for both gradual long-term agroecosystem changes, including saltwater intrusions, and extreme weather events such as droughts or floods. Learn more here.
Mainstreaming green infrastructure for climate-related risk reduction
The Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo to be held on 29-31 August 2017 in Bellevue, Washington, will focus on integrating Green Infrastructure into mainstream urban planning approaches, recognizing its potential for localized flood mitigation and surface water pollution control. Green vegetation roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, floating treatment wetlands, low-impact development, permeable pavements, and other green infrastructures will be presented during the conference to help municipalities tackle climate-related risks. Learn more and register here.
New Publication
Making the business case for resilience investment
Aware of the growing interest in, but limited capital flows towards resilient investments, RAND Corporation devised a new method to monetize the benefits of resilient investments. The authors resorted to the example of wetland restoration: while grey infrastructure projects could yield similar floodwater management results, green infrastructure comes with co-benefits, doubling up as a space for leisure activities and pollution a sink. Learn more here and access the report.
Case studies: successful integrated risk management

Hasty, business-as-usual solutions to manage disaster risks in expanding coastal cities can undermine sustainable development and put people, urban infrastructure and valuable land at greater risk. Integrated, cross-sectoral water risk management can help coastal cities tackle disasters and build back better and greener. Through case studies, this brochure explores ways to achieve integrated risk management. Read further here
Job Vacancies
Regional Project Manager Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
Organization: Handicap International
Location: Peru or Paraguay
Closing Date: 31 August 2017

Expert on modelling and quantitative analysis for sustainable development and its use for country policy decision
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing Date: 17 August 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
International consultant for Land and Natural Resources Management Specialist
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Kinshasa, Congo, Dem. Rep.
Closing Date: 10 August 2017

Nat Cat Application Engineer
Organization: Swiss Re
Location: Bangalore, India
Closing Date: until position filled
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