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Weekly News Alert
Issue 215 June 19 - 26, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout
Wetlands International: Improved water resource management and resilience building in Uganda
Photo credits: Cordaid

A resilience building programme was carried out by Cordaid, Wetlands International  and others to reduce drought risks in the semi-arid region of Karamoja, Uganda, by implementing an integrated watershed management strategy in the Lokok and Lokere catchments, which protects and restores  natural environments. Learn more here.
Land restoration against drought in Ethiopia
Credits: Guardian

While Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, there is water in Gergera. Twenty years of restoring its hills and river valley have brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north. Read more here.
Ecosystem solutions to wildfires
Last week’s deadly wildfires in Portugal raised the question of fire risk reduction. This article examines the social and environmental conditions which led to wildfires that left over 63 dead according to authorities. Sustainable forest ecosystem management with diversified flora and dense vegetation surrounding human settlements offer scope for disaster risk reduction. Read the article here.
New Publication
Heatwaves in cities: Can expanded tree canopies offer a solution?


Before the hottest days of the summer arrive, NYC Mayor de Blasio is announcing the launch of Cool Neighborhoods NYC, a new $106 million program designed to curb the effect of extreme heat, and protect against the worst effects of rising temperatures from climate change. The programme, involving measures to expand the city’s tree canopy to limit heat island effects, aims to reduce the vulnerability of New Yorkers to heat waves. Read more here. Link to the report.
Manila hopes greening its shorelines will yield cleaner water and less flooding
Credits: Keith Schneider

Regional officers of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) turn to ecosystem-based flood and pollution solutions for Laguna de Bay, in the Manila metropolitan region. DENR has planted a grove of bamboos on the lakeshore to demonstrate the effectiveness of ecosystems in tackling pollution and flooding issues. The Philippine government, with its partners, is prepared to spend USD 161 million to replant hectares of bamboo and mangrove to mitigate pollution and improve the lake’s floodwater storage capacity. Read the full story here.
Calling for Submission
Call for Abstracts: 9th ESP World Conference on Ecosystem Services
The 9th World Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will be held in Shenzhen, China 11-15 December 2017.  The overarching theme this year will be “Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilisation: restoring connections between people and landscapes through Nature Based Solutions”.

The call for abstracts is now open. Deadline is 19 August 2017. More information and abstract submissions here.
Special Thanks

PEDRR would like to thank Ka Sik TONG who completed her internship with UN Environment and the PEDRR Secretariat. She has greatly contributed to PEDRR’s social media, project support functions, website updates and other assignments. We wish her all the best in the future. 
Job Vacancies
Knowledge and Communications Officer, Flood Resilience Program
Organisation: Practical Action
Location: Rugby, Warwickshire
Closing date: July 3 2017

Consultant, Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI)
Organisation: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
Location: Washington, DC
Closing date: July 1 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Consultant, Understanding Risk Forum 2018
Organisation: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
Location: Washington, DC
Closing date: July 10 2017

Risk Analyst
Organisation: African Risk Capacity
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Closing date: July 2 2017
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News Writer: Ulysse Hahang
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