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Issue 229 September 25-29 , 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Training Opportunities
Find the MOOC that suits you!
A number of new and revised Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) related to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation have recently been announced. Below is a consolidated list to help you find the best one for your needs! All are free and available online.
MOOC on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate
This MOOC explores the interlinkages between ecosystems, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation and how these approaches can be operationalized. It is designed for disaster managers and practitioners, climate adaptation professionals, development planners, project implementers, policy makers and students from all walks of life. Register online here.
MOOC on A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction 
The second edition of this MOOC has been launched in a self-paced format. It introduces participants to existing and emerging technologies suitable for disaster risk reduction, while promoting the overall aim of sustainable development. It also contains a chapter on Eco-DRR. The course is available now and you can register online here.
MOOC on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture
This MOOC brings you closer to the nexus of climate change adaptation, agriculture and sustainable development. If you want to learn from development professionals currently engaged in national adaptation planning and agriculture, then this 6-week course is for you. The course kicks off 13 November 2017. Register online here.
New E-Learning Course on DRR and CCA
The Swiss NGO DRR Platform has released an “E-Learning Course on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation”. It is a self-paced online course consisting of four modules in the form of power point presentations ready for download. The course is open to everybody, particularly those who are new to the fields of DRR and CCA. The course can be accessed online here.  
What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?
With climate change both a reality and threat, stormwater management in urban environments has had to adjust. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, The Guardian looks at various projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard. Read the article here.
Houston’s hurricane recovery through green infrastructure investments
Mr Will Allen from The Conservation Fund discusses green infrastructure and reflects on the importance of seizing opportunities to rebuild and design new urban communities in a more strategic and resilient way. This approach could benefit cities like Houston, which is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Read the article here.
New resilience park opens in New Jersey
A model for green and resilient infrastructure parks in New Jersey, United States, has opened to the public. The one-acre park is designed to hold 200,000 gallons of storm water runoff. It incorporates rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers and a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse, as well as an underground detention system to reduce storm water runoff and flooding. Read more and watch a short video about the park here.
New Haven recognised by FEMA for green infrastructure investments
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency has recognised New Haven, Connecticut, for the voluntary steps it has taken to prepare long term for sea rise, surges, flooding, and erosion. Some of the steps taken have included green infrastructure projects, including “bioswales”. Local residents have received a 15% reduction in their flood insurance as a result of the resilience investments. Read the article here.
Upcoming Events
Free nature-based solutions webinar on 4 October 2017
BiodivERsA and EKLIPSE are hosting a webinar titled “Nature-based Solutions (NBS): Pandora box or reconciling concept?” on 4 October 2017, 13:00 CET. The webinar will stimulate exchange on NBS and raise awareness on NBS typology, benefits and limitations. The workshop targets researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and businesses interested in knowing more about NBS. The workshop is free but you must register here.
European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference 2017
The 2017 European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary from 29-30 November. More than 300 participants and leading urban greening experts will celebrate nature-based solutions under the theme of ‘Celebrating Nature-Based Solutions for Cities’. Visit the website for more information and to register.
Special Mention
PEDRR would like to thank Aya Aboulhosn who recently completed her internship with UN Environment. Aya contributed to the relaunch of the Massive Open Online Course on ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’ and completed a number of other assignments to help spread awareness of Eco-DRR. We wish her all the best in the future!
Job Vacancies
Multiple positions - Senior postdoc/project coordinator, Postdoc in coastal ecosystem services, PhD scholarship in coastal ecosystem services
Organisation: National University of Singapore
Location: Singaore
Closing date: Unspecified

Project Assistant
Organisation: Wetlands International
Location: Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands
Closing date: 22 October 2017
Resource Mapping Consultant (CADRI)
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 9 October 2017

Urban Resilience Officer 
Organisation: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Closing date: 8 October 2017

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