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Issue 150 - March 7 - 11, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Philippines, UNDP to implement landmark programme on climate action
On 4 March, the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement to implement the “National Convergence Programme on Reducing Climate & Disaster Risks for a More Resilient and Sustainable Philippines”. The programme will ensure that the Post-2015 international agreements are integrated into national and local development plans, with a focus on strengthening local risk governance, rural livelihoods and ecosystems integrity. Read more.

The Forgotten Climate Change Solution
Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands for The Nature Conservancy, makes the case that nature is a climate change solution, which he believes is not receiving enough attention, even though nature-based solutions outperforms technological innovations. He discusses how nature-based solutions can gain equal standing in the climate change conversation. Read the article.

©Haroldo Palo, Jr.
Project Insight
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions Project
The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions Project (ASSAR), implemented under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, aims to embed adaptation practices in development activities at national and local levels. The project is focused on ecosystem-based responses. Find out more.

©ASSAR Report
A simple solution to the old problem of floods
Floods and droughts often damage soil, water systems and ecosystems in a cycle that perpetuates each other’s impacts. Hydro-geologist Paul Pavelic of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) describes his nature-based solution called Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI) in Uttar Pradesh, India. UTFI is a method which stores flood water underground for irrigation, and in doing so helps break the flood-drought cycle. Listen to the interview.

Future of reefs in a changing environment: An ecosystem approach to managing Caribbean coral reefs in the face of climate change
This report is a summary of the governance and livelihoods research which was part of the Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE) project in Belize. The research was undertaken to improve coral reef management in the Caribbean - which is critical to ensuring continuity of ecosystem services, including for hurricane defense. Coral reefs are seriously degraded in the Caribbean, and FORCE emphasizes the importance of working with nature. See the report.
Video of the week
Surviving El Niño
Responding to the impacts of El Niño in the Philippines, which include extreme heat and low precipitation leading to drought, farmers have turned to organic farming as a strategy. This video showcases how farmers using organic techniques are able to better cope with droughts. Watch the video.
Job Vacancies
Program Coordinator
Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Deadline: 31 March 2016

Summer Internships: Research Assistant & Graphic Design and Content Assistant

Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 18 March 2016

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Program Director, Central African Republic
Organization: Cordaid
Location: Bangui, Central African Republic
Deadline: 15 March, 2016

Program Manager, Resilient Cities & Regions Program
Organization: Institute for Sustainable Communities
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: N/A
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News Writer: Michelle Ford
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