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Issue 103 - March 30 -April  03, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  PEDRR Shoutout -  Promoting ecosystems for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

The post-2015 Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction is out. With contributions from PEDRR partners, this Discussion Paper explores how disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation could be integrated through ecosystem-based approaches. Reviewing 37 projects, the paper highlights the differences and similarities between Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA). Key entry points for integration are highlighted. More information.

Featured Publications
Water for a sustainable world
This joint report from UN Water, UNESCO, World Water Assessment Programme and other UN agencies looks at trends and challenges in reducing vulnerability to water-related disasters, and identifies measures, such as improved ecosystems management, for achieving resilience. Read full publication.

Resilience to extreme weather

Released during the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, this report by the UK Royal Society considers the latest scientific evidence concerning the impact of extreme weather on people throughout the world. With maps and models it indicates where high densities of vulnerable people are more likely to be exposed to floods, droughts and heatwaves in coming decades and assesses actions that can help prevent disasters, including ecosystem-based and hybrid ecological and engineering approaches. More information.
Upcoming event
9th Conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

Organised by the African Centre for Technology Studies, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and the International Institute for Environment and Development, this conference highlights effective adaptation to climate change that takes place at the community level. It will hold a plenary session on evaluating Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) effectiveness, and recognizing the importance of ecosystem services for climate change adaptation. A parallel session is also being organized to discuss how EBA can be put into practice. More information.

Location:  Nairobi (Kenya)
Dates: April 24-30 2015

Job Vacancies
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Position: Consultant 
Deadline: April 20 2015 
Duty station: Vietnam

Position: Information System Officer (P3)
Deadline: April 26 2015
Duty station: Geneva

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
"Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast"

Deforestation and new constructions have resulted in heavy rains and surging tides that makes it difficult for fishermen to earn their income. Environmental experts call for conservation of mangroves forests that are known to act as natural barriers to storms and rising sea-level. In the end, ecosystem restoration benefit as well the local population as fishermen can run their business and feed local markets. Read full article.
Short Course  
International Summer School on Drought

This 3-day summer school (3-5 August 2015) focuses on the impacts of climate change on droughts (including hydrological droughts) in terms of fire risks and water scarcity. The course is designed to be interactive with personal assignments and research. More information.

Location: Cibinong, Indonesia
Deadline: May 31 2015

Learning Games
UNISDR Stop Disasters Game
This simulation game provides different hazard scenarios and a menu of options for mitigating disaster risks. It gives an opportunity for people to become decision makers and gain insights on how to select between disaster risk reduction options, including ecosystem-based solutions. Play the game here.

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News Writer: Ana Gomez
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