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Weekly News Alert
Issue 231 October 9-13, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation

PEDRR Shoutout: 
Launch of the NbS-4-Resilience Network!

Are you an expert or scientist in a field related to Nature-based Solutions (NbS)? Are you experienced in researching or working with NbS and ecosystems for disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) for resilience building? Come and join the new NbS-4-Resilience Network - Experts for Eco-DRR!

On 13 October which celebrated International Day for Disaster Resilience 2017, PEDRR launched the new expert network. PEDRR seeks to expand our community of practice to NbS experts to ensure our advocacy work is grounded in the latest science and technology. We will work together to help raise awareness and understanding of Eco-DRR across governments, businesses and the community.

To join the NbS-4-Resilience Network, please email and join the NbS-4-Resilience Network Group on Linkedin.
New climate funding pays to protect forests
The Green Climate Fund has announced it will dedicate US$ 500 million to help conserve forests and mangroves — a strong recognition of nature’s role in helping to solve climate change. It sends a powerful signal to developing countries that keeping forests standing can come with a financial benefit. More here.
Why smart city infrastructure is going green
A recent article by Smart Cities World looks at trends in the uptake of green infrastructure in urban environments. In addition to outlining the benefits of city forests and incorporating nature into stormwater management, the article also looks at the importance of measuring success and looking at innovative technology to support green infrastructure investments. Read the article here.
Green Infrastructure For Cities
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Ambassador and former Chief Executive of Future Cities Catapult, Peter Madden OBE, argues for increased uptake of green infrastructure in cities. “Green infrastructure is an area where I think city governments should show more leadership and put more investment.” Read the article here.
Featured Publications
New paper: Twenty years of ecosystem services
A new review paper published in Ecosystem Services traces the 20 year history of our understanding of ecosystem services. It looks at how far have we come and how far we still need to go. The paper concludes that ecosystem services should be at the core of fundamental economic changes if we are to achieve societal transformation towards a sustainable and desirable future. You can download the full paper here.
New report: Preservation of floodplains is flood protection
A new report by the Technical University of Munich on floodplain protection concludes that rivers need more space, diversity, and freedom in order to protect the species and communities that rely on it. Reconnecting floodplains to the natural river system increases the river's ability to absorb storm water, improve water quality and reduce risk of flooding and flood damage. Read a summary of the report here.
Training Opportunities
New MOOC on Resilience for Development

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate the concept of resilience into your work? Do you want to promote an integrated approach to social and ecological sustainability? Starting on 31 October 2017, a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called ‘Introduction to Resilience for Development’ can help you. It will be delivered in English, French, and Spanish. Visit the MOOC website for more details and to register.
New MOOC on Governance of Disaster Risk
A new, free and online MOOC on Governance of Disaster Risk has been launched. It covers the diverse approaches to address disaster risk and the roles played by societal actors in creating and reducing vulnerability to natural and technological hazards. The course is run by the University of Extremadura and runs for 7 weeks from 16 October. For more information and to register, visit the website.
Job Vacancies
Senior Officer, Emergency Appeals and Marketing
Organisation: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Location: La Habana, Cuba
Closing date: Unspecified

Relationship Manager, Philanthropy
Organisation: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 23 October 2017
Country Representative - India
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: New Delhi, India
Closing date: 31 October 2017

Nexus Central Asia Coordinator
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Closing date: 29 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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