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Issue 226 September 4-8, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Research shows coastal wetlands dramatically reduce property losses during hurricanes
A new study from the University of California Santa Cruz has shown that coastal wetlands annually reduced property losses by 16% and prevented more than $625 million in damages during Hurricane Sandy. The study showed a clear correlation between wetland cover and avoided property damages: the greater the extent of the wetland, the more protection it provides. Read more here.
US federal grant to fund green infrastructure project on Lake Superior, Michigan
The US Environment Protection Authority has awarded a US$288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership, to undertake green infrastructure works at a wetland in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. The project will relocate a stormwater drain from the beach into the wetland to reduce runoff into the lake. The project is expected to improve water quality in the lake and help Marquette deal with intense storms and changing water levels as the climate gets warmer. More information here.
Featured Publications
Nature-based solutions in urban areas – linking policy, science and practice
Managers of urban areas are considering nature-based solutions as they address challenges associated with climate resilience, health and well-being. A new publication brings together knowledge from multiple disciplines on the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for adapting to climate change. The publication can be accessed online here.
Nature-based solutions in urban areas – new framework for understanding the co-benefits
Applying nature-based solutions to urban environments offers many benefits in addition to improved environmental outcomes, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Additional co-benefits include improvements to health and quality of life and creation of green jobs. Few frameworks exist for assessing the value of such co-benefits. A recent publication in Environmental Science and Policy proposes a new holistic framework and seven-stage assessment process for better understanding and implementing the co-benefits and costs of nature-based solutions. The publication can be accessed online here.
Case studies on ecosystem and integrated flood management
A new publication by the Associated Programme on Flood Management, the Global Water Partnership and the World Meteorological Organization presents four case studies from the USA, Austria, Japan and Netherlands, highlighting linkages between ecosystem services and flood management. See the publication here.
Project Insights
GCF funding to support coastal adaptation in Tuvalu
Through the Green Climate Fund, Tuvalu will receive US$38.9 million to reduce coastal vulnerability and build long-term capability to fight climate change. Under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project, the Government of Tuvalu will combine the use of hard infrastructure and ecosystem-based initiatives to reduce the impacts of climate-induced sea level rise and intensifying storm events on key infrastructure. Further information on the project can be found here.
Online Networks
New online flood management community
In the context of recent and major flooding events, The Water Network has created an online knowledge community to consolidate flood management resources and expertise. The ‘Flood Prevention, Mitigation and Recovery Community’ provides links to resources for planning, case studies, Q&A and real-time collaboration for those managing flood-prone areas. Flood professionals and those interested in flood management are encouraged to join the community and share information.
Upcoming Events
Early bird registration open for the 9th ESP World Conference on Ecosystem Services, 11-15 December 2017
The 9th World Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will be held in Shenzhen, China on 11-15 December 2017. The overarching theme this year will be "Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilisation: Restoring connections between people and landscapes through Nature Based Solutions". The program will contain the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services. Deadlines for early bird registration is 1 October 2017. For information, please visit the conference website
Job Vacancies
Animations Manager
Organisation: Pro Natura Geneva
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 30 September 2017

PhD opportunity – Physical Geography: Water-related risks from Hydro-climatic and Land-use changes
Organisation: Stockholm University
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Closing date: 30 September 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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