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Issue 252 - April 2 - 6, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Where people and their land are safer

This Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction is the result of a cooperation between the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) and the Swiss NGO DRR Platform. It showcases the linkages between Sustainable Land Management and Disaster Risk Reduction for reducing present and future disasters such as droughts, floods or rainstorms, by preserving and restoring land and water resources that support livelihoods. Read the full report here

Future 'ocean cities' need green engineering above and below the waterline
Marine habitats are providers of food, building and crafting materials, and services such as coastal protection, nutrient cycling and pollution filtration. Artificial islands can however cause damage to vital seafloor ecosystems. This article suggests proper planning and science integration for building the "blue-green" ocean cities of tomorrow. Read more here
Nature provides the means for the sustainable management of floods
For countries like Finland, spring and melting of snow usually also mean the beginning of the flooding season. New research from the Aalto University School of Engineering looks at more sustainable methods to manage floods while providing environmental benefits. Read the article here
Science Corner
Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction in mountains
Eco-DRR practiced in mountainous regions generally entail forest management to enhance protection from avalanches, landslides and other mountain-related hazards. This paper provides an overview on how forests influence disaster risks in mountainous regions and the associated challenges and uncertainties concerning risk analysis. Access the paper here
Mangrove restoration: to plant or not to plant?

Mangrove planting has become hugely popular. The majority of planting efforts are however failing, raising the question how best to undertake mangrove restoration or rehabilitation. It is argued that a more effective approach is to create the right conditions for mangroves to grow back naturally. Mangroves restored in this way generally survive and function better. Read the paper here
Featured Publications
Ecosystem-based solutions to increase flood resilience of vulnerable people - Evidence from central Vietnam

Floods are amongst the most devastating disasters, especially in Asia. This policy brief describes the use of ecosystem-based adaptation as a tool for strengthening flood resilience in Vietnam. Read the full paper here
Upcoming Events
Getting ready for the Global DRR Platform in 2019
Preparations for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 have already started. The concept note for the Global Platform has been shared (see here). We would like to encourage the promotion of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction at the Regional and Global Platforms:
Learning Opportunities
Webinar - Green Infrastructure for Water Wise Cities

This webinar, hosted by International Water Organization, will take place on 10 April 2018 at 10:00 CET. It will focus on how cities are integrating green infrastructure within urban areas and are taking proactive engagement in managing water resources. For more details, visit the website here
Special Thanks

The PEDRR Secretariat would like to thank Stephen Michael Lee for all of his work to raise awareness on Eco-DRR during his internship. He has greatly contributed to our newsletters, social media, website updates and other projects. We wish him all the best in the future and for his studies!
Job Vacancies
Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Adviser
Organization: National Disaster Management Organisation (NDMO)
Location: Republic of the Marshall Islands
Closing date: 15 April 2018

Reporting Analyst
Organization: UNEP
Location: Haiti
Closing date: 20 April 2018
Consultancy: Training on DRR and Resiliency for Small and Medium Enterprises
Organization: Handicap International
Location: Sri Lanka
Closing date: 15 April 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Paola Fontanella Pisa 
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