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Issue 218 July 10-14, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout : IUCN Brown Bag Discussion on Nature-based Solutions: Spotlight on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction

Held on 15 June 2017 at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland, this Brown Bag meeting discussed the concept of nature-based solutions with a focus on how ecosystems can reduce risks and vulnerabilities to disasters and climate change impacts. IUCN staff shared what IUCN’s regional offices in six regions are doing to implement and scale-up ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. (link to video)
Preaching the role of ecosystems in mitigating climate change and disasters 
Preparing for Fiji’s presidency of the COP23 in Bonn in November 2017, the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) held a meeting in Suva, Fiji on 3 and 4 July 2017. Reporting from the meeting, Fiji Council of Churches representative Father James Bhagwan reflects on the examples of ecosystem-based adaptation, notably on the role of mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs as natural buffers against ocean acidification and catastrophic events in the Pacific. Participants emphasised the importance of sustainable land use, a pre-requisite for healthy marine ecosystems and local livelihoods. Read the full story here.
Exploring alternative disaster risk reduction strategies in the Amazon
Researchers from the University of Lancaster have found that roadless cities were found to be more vulnerable to the effects of flooding, as they tend to be less-developed and have inadequate sanitation, exposing inhabitants to environmental pollution and contaminated water. Inhabited by almost a million people, roadless cities in the Amazon are almost wholly reliant on rivers for the movement of people and for many services and traded goods. However, building new roads in an attempt to tackle this vulnerability would only exacerbate the damaging effects of extreme weather. Therefore, local politicians will have to build “adaptive capacity” to reduce disaster risks in the Amazonian context. Read more here and access the report.
Upcoming Events
Climate change and agriculture training
Indepth Research Services will organise a Climate Change and Agriculture 5-day course in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11 to 15 September 2017. The course, aimed at audiences from government, research institutions and NGOs, will cover topics ranging from eco-agricultural innovation and food security to climate change mitigation and the management of natural resources. Learn more and register for the course here
Deadline extended – World Bosai Forum poster submission
To be held in Sendai, Japan on 25-28 November 2017, the International Disaster Reduction Conference - World Bosai Forum Sendai 2017 aims to share knowledge gained from the Great East Japan Earthquake and facilitate practical solutions for disaster risk reduction. A Call for poster abstracts submission on themes related to disaster risk governance and disaster preparedness is now open. Showcase your work on Eco-DRR by submitting abstracts before 28 July here.
Public consultation
Sendai Words Into Action Guidelines: Man-Made and Technological Hazards
A consultative version of the Sendai Words Into Action Guidelines: Man-Made and Technological Hazards has been made available on PreventionWeb. The guide was developed as a collaborative effort between UNISDR, OCHA and UN Environment – with inputs from a wide range of actors – to provide practical considerations for implementing measures that tackle man-made and technological hazards at national and local levels. Feedback and comments on this consultative version are welcome and can be sent to Chadia Wannous ( by 7 September 2017. Access the guidelines here.
Call for nominations
Ramsar Convention 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat launched a call for nominations for the 7th edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The awards will be presented at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018. Three Awards will be granted, recognising contributions towards the sustainable use of wetlands, wetland innovation, and young wetland champions. Each recipient will receive the Evian Special Prize of US$10,000 kindly offered by the DANONE Group. Find more information and apply for nomination before 30 September 2017 here.
Call for tenders
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement – a platform for co-operation in the field of natural and technological disasters risk management and post-crisis rehabilitation between Europe and the South of the Mediterranean – has issued a call for tenders through the Council of Europe. The aim is to create a pool of 30 consultants to assist the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Secretariat in implementing its programme of activity until 30 September 2021. Find more information and apply by 15 September 2017 here.
Job Vacancies
Consultant - Hydrologist
Organisation: Wetlands International
Location: Flexible, with meetings in Tanzania
Closing date: 27 July 2017
Internship – Climate Change Unit

Organisation: UN Environment
Location: Panama City, Panama
Closing date : 20 July 2017

River Ecologist and River Restoration Expert
Organisation: UNDP
Location: home-based with missions to Azerbaijan/Georgia
Closing date: 25 July 2017
Director, Multilateral Relations
Organisation : WWF
Location : Washington-DC, USA
Closing date : Unspecified/ until position is filled
Senior Programme Officer – Conservation Areas and Species Diversity Programme

Organisation: IUCN
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Closing date: 26 July 2017

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News editor: Ulysse Hahang
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