If this email is not displayed properlyclick here.

Subscribe to PEDRR Weekly News Alert

Weekly News Alert
Issue 228 September 18-22, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
   PEDRR Shoutout: Lots of interest in the MOOC on          Disasters and Ecosystems!


In case you missed the exciting news, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’ has been relaunched! Thanks to those who helped to spread the word – the MOOC now has more than 2400 people signed up!

We need your help to SPREAD THE WORD! Share this link: register online for the free MOOC today.
PEDRR Shoutout: PEDRR Partners Retreat 2017

On 19-20 September 2017,                 UN Environment hosted a PEDRR Partners Retreat in Geneva. The two day meeting brought Partners together to discuss new trends and opportunities for advancing and scaling up practice on ecosystem-based and nature-based solutions for resilience. Keep an eye on PEDRR’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as our weekly newsletter for exciting announcements!
Calls for post-Hurricane Harvey reconstruction to consider green infrastructure
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Huffington Post argues for improved zoning laws in Houston and Florida that allow natural habitats to defend people against torrential rains and create strong barriers between residential areas and industrial complexes. The article states that although Hurricane Harvey’s floods were unprecedented, the situation was made worse in Houston due to zoning laws and over development on wetlands that could have absorbed stormwater. See the article here.
Green Infrastructure helped Atlanta to manage rain during Hurricane Irma
Atlanta, Georgia in the United States is using green infrastructure to help reduce flooding and pollution. Red brick roads, rain gardens and large ponds are being used to prevent water rushing into sewers and overwhelming the systems during big storms. These projects have already demonstrated their potential to manage the substantial downpour during   Hurricane Irma. More here.
EbA identified to help Santos adapt to climate impacts
A new report developed by the São Paulo Research Foundation for the coastal city of Santos, Brazil, identifies mangrove rehabilitation among the suite of activities needed to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Santos is home to Latin America's biggest harbour and is exposed to sea-level rise, storm surge and coastal flooding. More on the report here.
Equator Prize Awards honour EcoDRR activities
The 9th Equator Prize Award Ceremony honoured 15 winners in New York last week. The latest group of winners are protecting, restoring and sustainably managing marine, forest, grassland, dryland and wetland ecosystems, while creating jobs and livelihoods, protecting endangered wildlife, and decreasing risks from natural disasters. Read more about the winners here.
Featured Publications
Stormwater management in Texas could benefit from green infrastructure
A new report by Environment Texas shows that most Texas cities have too few public policies promoting green infrastructure and low-impact development in both public and private developments. While poor storm water controls are a major contributor to urban flooding and erosion, the proper use of green infrastructure can make a big difference. Read the report here.
New report - Fighting fire with finance: A roadmap for collective action
A new report from Blue Forest Conservation and the World Resources Institute looks at the role of private investment in forest restoration and conservation to manage wildfire risk, water supplies and other climate vulnerabilities in the United States through the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB). It emphasises the importance of understanding ecosystem services, and includes case studies on leveraging investment for forest health. Access the report here.
Scientific Corner
New research on the role of seagrass in coastal stabilisation
A new article in Nature emphasizes the important contribution of seagrass in facilitating sediment surface elevation and reducing coastal erosion. This paper presents the first multi-site study for sediment surface elevation in seagrasses in different settings and species. Read the article online here.
Funding Opportunities
Applications open for the GSMA Disaster Response Innovation Fund
Do you have an innovative idea that supports responses to natural disasters or humanitarian emergencies? The new GSMA Disaster Response Innovation Fund can provide funding to test or scale up your idea. Funding of up to £300,000 per project is available, as well as promotion and networking opportunities. Applications are due by 13 October 2017.
Upcoming Events
Abstracts open for the ICWEES conference in Tunisia, May 2018

The International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society (ICWEES) will be held from 08-11 May 2018 in Djerba Island, Tunisia. Interested authors can submit abstracts against the following themes: water resources; environment; energy; societies and development; geo-information and remote sensing, and technologies. Deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2017. More information is available on the ICWEES2018 website.
Special Mention
PEDRR would like to thank Ulysse Hahang who recently completed his internship with UN Environment and the PEDRR Secretariat. Ulysse has helped to spread awareness of EcoDRR through PEDRR’s social media, project support functions, website updates and other assignments. We wish him all the best in the future and for his studies!
Job Vacancies
Global Wildlife Conservation Lead Scientist 
Organisation: World Wildlife Fund
Location: Flexible
Closing date: Unspecified

Project Coordinator – Urban Resilience
Organisation: Oxfam
Location: Manila, Philippines 
Closing date: 1 October 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Please send your news alert for us to feature:
News editor: Ebony Holland
Copyright ©  2017 Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are subscribed to Friends of PEDRR.
For a better experience, please subscribe with a personal email adress (gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc.)

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences