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Issue 243 - January 29 - February 2, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Slovakia's Plan to Prevent Drought
A landmark programme to combat drought is set to be implemented in Slovakia. Unlike many previous strategies for drought, this plan focuses on prevention measures in a number of areas including agriculture and forestry, urban landscape, water management, research and environmental education. The programme involves various projects which combine restoration and reconstruction of green areas to increase resilience to hazards of climate change. Read more here

Using Biodiversity to Reduce Risk 
Research has shown that biodiversity is vital to maintaining an ecosystem's integrity. By utilizing agricultural biodiversity at various levels and engaging in agroforestry and intercropping, farmers can reduce their vulnerability to hazards such as hurricanes and droughts. An ecosystem's resilience to shocks and stress is shown as key to global food security. Read the full article here.  
New Research
Building the Economic Resilience of Puerto Rico
The massive losses experienced by Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries at the hands of hurricanes in 2017 has brought more attention to climate change and disaster resilience. This policy brief argues that shifting countries’ economies towards a more sustainable economy enables countries to better invest in disaster readiness. Read the full policy brief here.
Featured Publications
The Benefits of Ecosystem Services Valuation for Climate Adaptation
This sourcebook promotes valuation as an efficient way to mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). By comparing and combining green methods with grey measures, this guide provides 40 real-world examples that stress the importance of ecosystem-based approaches and the effectiveness of valuation. Read the full sourcebook here
An Investment Strategy for Reducing Disaster Risks and Coastal Pollution Using Nature Based Solutions
Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of several hazards, which will impact on local communities. This book argues that some developing communities are less equipped to implement traditional hard engineering structures than in other countries. Given this, Nature-based Solutions (NbS)—especially mangroves—have been adopted as alternative options because of their effectiveness and ecological co-benefits. Purchase the full book here.
Upcoming Event
International Conference on Building Resilience

The 8th annual International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR) will take place 8 – 10 November 2018. This joint venture, in association with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, will bring together various sectors to discuss the cross-application and effectiveness of technological and nature-based approaches for increasing resilience. To register for this conference, read more here.
Job Vacancies
Policy Dialogue Advisor P4
Organization: Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 31 January 2018

Director – Global Water Programme
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Closing date: 6 February 2018
Disaster Risk Analytics
Organization: Nanyang Technological University
Location: Singapore
Closing Date: 28 February 2018

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News Writer: Stephen Lee  
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