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Issue 214 - June 12 -16, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Land for Life Award 2017: North Darfur Eco-DRR project wins global award
UN Environment and Practical Action have been working directly with communities in North Darfur to enhance disaster resilience.

UN Environment and Practical Action Sudan have been recognized for their work in restoring drylands in North Darfur, Sudan, to mitigate droughts and flooding and improving water resource management for both farmers and pastoralists living along the Wadi El Ku, one of the largest seasonal rivers. Funded by the European Union and implemented together with the State Government and local communities, the Eco-DRR North Darfur Project was awarded the 2017 Land for Life Award by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Check it out.
Peatlands: ‘black gold’ for climate mitigation
A new map developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) suggests much more peat exists in the tropics than was originally estimated. This article advocates for the protection of these newly discovered high-carbon ecosystems to absorb carbon and keep it out of the atmosphere. Check it out.
The Sydney Barrier Reef: Engineering a natural defence against future storms
As water temperatures rise off the South-East coast of Australia, risk of strong storms increases around the Sydney metropolitan area. Maps of cyclone tracks since 1997 reveal a slight shift to the south. The article explores the benefits of an artificial coral reef to limit the impacts of storms on the highly urbanized coast of Sydney. Learn more here.
Scientific Corner
Disaster risk reduction: Cities create their own vulnerability

Research suggests that the human-built environment will be more influential than climate change in driving future disaster risk in cities. Read more here.
How “sustainable” are post-disaster measures? Lessons to be learned a decade after the 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean
This article evaluates the environmental and socio-economic impacts of post-disaster measures in the context of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to assess their level of sustainability. Healthy ecosystems can play a key role in sustainable reconstruction. Learn more here.
Webinar: Green Building and Climate Resilience 

This webinar will explore ways in which green infrastructure can help build resilience in western United States, by reducing flood risk through stormwater management or by mitigating heat island effects. Join the webinar here.
New Publication
EKLIPSE - Nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas – developing an impact evaluation framework

This expert report by the EKLIPSE consortium contributes towards our knowledge of developing an impact evaluation framework for assessing Nature-based solutions projects in building climate resilience. Read further here.
Job Vacancies
Communications Associate
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature
Location: Malé, Maldives
Closing date: 25 June 2017

Project Director, Integrated Disaster Risk Management
Organisation: Handicap International
Location: Bombardopolis, Haïti
Closing date: 28 June 2017

Regional Technical Specialist for Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Closing date: 23 June 2017

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Deserts and Grasslands Director in Pheonix, Arizona
Organisation: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, United States
Closing date: once position is filled

Natural Catastrophe Specialist
Organisation: Swiss Re
Location: Beijing, China
Closing date: once position is filled

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News Writer: Ulysse Hahang
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