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Issue 223 August 14 - 18, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Living with fire
Of the three drivers of wildfires – vegetation, weather and topography, only the first driver can be managed, says Mark Finney, research forester for the U.S Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station. Ironically, the key to living with fire risk may be to have more fires, not less. So-called prescribed burnings, a nature-based solution to wildfires, eliminate forest fire fuel such as pine needles. Trying to put out every fire could in fact be more counter-productive and increase fire risk. Learn more here.
Philippines launch Eco-Disaster Risk Reduction Project
The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the city of Tacloban are launching the Tacloban Disaster Risk Reduction Master Plan. The programme, funded by the Government of the Netherlands, will involve reforestation of shoreline ponds and mangroves to mitigate storm surges and will serve as a pilot project for implementation in other vulnerable parts of the Philippines. Read further here.
Insurance industry favours nature-based solutions
Data by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) reveal that one in five companies rely on insurance as part of their climate change risk management strategy. Insurers are increasingly turning to ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction. Swiss and Japanese insurers have prevented natural catastrophe losses through reforestation and mangrove restoration. Further research in ecosystem services valuation is key for the greater uptake of nature-based solutions by the insurance industry. Learn more here.
Flood risk management in a changing climate
Datastat Research will hold a 5-day training on 11-15 September 2017 aimed at decision-makers, planning authorities and water engineers. The course will cover the formation of hydro-meteorological hazards, green infrastructure, integrated watershed management and sustainable flood recovery. Apply online here.
Scientific corner
First exhaustive global flood and drought analysis
Civil and environmental engineers at the University of New South Wales conducted the world’s first exhaustive analysis of floods and drought – using data from over 43,000 rainfall stations and 5,300 river monitoring sites across the world. Their results show a positive feedback loop between droughts and floods, as rising global temperatures dry soils, reduce their capacity to absorb water and lead to more urban floods. Read more
Call for feedback
Implementing nature-based flood protection
Deltares are looking for feedback on their guideline document “Implementing nature-based flood protection”. The draft proposes basic principles of nature-based solutions, drawn from field observations, that can be used to guide project development. Feedback can be sent by email to by 31 August 2017.
Seeking talented and enthusiastic interns for the PEDRR Secretariat - Apply Now!
The PEDRR Secretariat is supported by a team of dynamic individuals who gain professional experience by undertaking 3-4 month internships based in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Secretariat is hosted by UN Environment and interns work with the DRR Programme Coordinator at UN Environment. Apply now here
Job Vacancies
International Consultant for Climate Risk Financing for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Rain Fed Farming and Pastoral Systems in Uganda
Organisation: UNDP          
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Closing date: 23 August 2017

 Expert – Building women’s economic autonomy through climate change-resilient agriculture
Organisation: UNDP
Location: Kinshasa, Congo, Dem. Republic
Closing date: 25 August 2017

International Consultant – Green Climate Feasibility Study Specialist
Organisation: UNDP
Location: Home-based with travels to Haïti
Closing date: 28 August 2017

Program Management & Resource Mobilization Specialist
Organisation: World Health Organisation
Location: Washington, DC
Closing date: 22 August 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News editor: Ulysse Hahang
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