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Weekly News Alert
Issue 302
April 1-5, 2019


Cyclone Idai:
Why disaster awareness and preparedness matter and what role for ecosystems?

On 14 March 2019, the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, was struck by Cyclone Idai, the largest tropical cyclone to hit the country since 2008, causing thousands of people to lose access to food and shelter. According to UN Environment's Regional Director for Africa, Juliette Biao, "The cyclone is yet another reminder on the need for more and urgent investment in ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to reduce the human and financial toll of natural disasters". Read the story here

Disaster preparedness in Nepal: A walk in the park? 

In recognition of the need to identify and protect open spaces to save lives from disasters like the 2015 earthquake, Nepalese DRR planners call for the creation and protection of urban parks. Not only can parks provide refuge to people in the event of a disaster, they can also provide additional space for leisure and cultural activities. While municipalities are restricting construction on particular sites, protecting such spaces for DRR remains a challenge due to encroachment. Read the story here.

UNESCO organizes workshop on flood management to promote transboundary cooperation and increase flood resilience in South Asia 


Last week, the UNESCO Offices in Jakarta and Islamabad held a training workshop in Jakarta on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System", in collaboration with the Center for Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDPM), University of Peshawar, Pakistan, the UNESCO Kabul office, and with support from the Government of Japan. The workshop aimed to promote transboundary cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, increase the capacity of flood management, and enhance community resilience to floods in the South Asian region. Read the story here

Featured Video

Restoring Natural Mangrove Forest
Mangrove forests are crucial to protect coastal communities from sea-level rise and storms, and provide other benefits such as habitats for marine species. The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) recently launched a new video on their natural mangrove forest restoration project in Thailand. The video highlights the need for mangrove restoration and the importance of coastal community participation in the process.  

Project Insights
A framework to assess the potential of Nature-Based Solutions

Financed by the EU Horizon2020 Project, the RECONECT project aims to rapidly enhance the European reference framework on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for hydro-meteorological risk reduction by demonstrating and documenting large-scale NBS in rural and natural areas. RECONECT brings together an unprecedented partnership of researchers, industrial partners and institutions at local and regional level, dedicated to  the successful upscaling of NBS throughout Europe and Internationally. Read more here
Women and ecosystem-based adaptation to flood risk in Central Vietnam

A project was carried out as part of the Global Resilience Partnership Water Window in the flood-prone Thua Thien Hue province, Central Vietnam, with the aim of strengthening flood resilience. With a focus on enhancing women's participation, the project implemented an ecosystem-based DRR approach, including planting of mangroves and restoration of urban water bodies. Read the project report here
Enhancing climate resilience in semi-arid regions in Ethiopia

In Northern Ethiopia, small-scale farmers are largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture to generate their livelihoods and are therefore vulnerable to climate variability. HELVETAS supports women and men in semi-arid regions to increase the climate-resilience of their livelihoods and the ecosystems they rely on, through watershed rehabilitation and sustainable arable land management. Read the report here

Featured Publications

Integrating green and gray:
Creating next generation infrastructure

According to this new report by the World Bank Group and the World Resources Institute, traditional built infrastructure is insufficient in protecting world populations from increasing impacts of climate change. Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems can produce lower cost, more resilient services and better disaster risk reduction. Access the report here

Responding to Rising Seas:
OECD country approaches to tackling coastal risks

This OECD report provides policy guidance on how countries can manage the risks related to sea level rise, illustrating with four case studies from Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Germany. The report also highlights nature-based solutions for coastal protection. Access the full report here

Scientific Corner

Rebuilt wetlands can protect shorelines better than walls

A new article from Scientific American highlights how marshes, mangroves, oyster and coral reefs are better able to protect shorelines than seawalls and bulkheads, as they are more resilient, cheaper and often regenerate on their own, while grey infrastructure for DRR imposes high maintenance costs. As scientists are rebuilding coastal wetlands, natural solutions are gaining more consideration and financial support from governments.

Upcoming Event

UNECE Global workshop on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

29-30 April 2019
Salle VII, Palais des Nations,
Geneva, Switzerland

Registration Deadline: 22 April 2019
The global workshop will analyse the value, limits and conditions for EbA, discuss how EbA can particularly help in transboundary basins, share good practices, experiences and lessons learned, and offer interactive exercises and case studies. The workshop is open to experts representing governmental authorities, the private sector, non-governmental and international organizations as well as other interested stakeholders.  More information here

Job Opportunities

Policy Advisor, International Climate Policy
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Closing date: 8 April 2019

Junior Professional
Organization: IUCN
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Closing date: 2 April 2019

Program Manager Community Resilience
Organization: Wetlands International
Location: Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands
Closing date: 14 April 2019
Climate Justice Intern
Organization: UNRISD
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 7 April 2019
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Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Organization: FAO
Location: Rome, Italy
Closing date: 16 April 2019

Media and Communications Officer
Organization: IUCN
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Closing date: 9 April 2019 (extended)

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News Writer: Lavinia Giulia Pomarico
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