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Weekly News Alert
Issue 296
February 18-22, 2019


Equator 2019 prize focuses on local Nature-based solutions:
Open for nominations!

Rhe Equator Prize 2019 will showcase nature-based solutions and the contributions of local communities and indigenous peoples to tackle climate change efforts and advance on the SDGs. The Prize will demonstrate how nature-based solutions are integral components of the responses to climate and sustainable development challenges. 

Read the full publication here. Nominations are now open until 26 February. 
Boston to enact a local Wetlands Protection Act to combat the effects of climate change
A recent movement has gained interest in the city of Boston, in the United States of America, to enact a local Wetlands Protection Act to tackle climate change effects. The Act would give the Boston Conservation Commission more power to protect wetlands in reviewing proposed development, such as by building with green infrastructure, and would allow the Commission to designate sites as "Areas of Critical Environmental Concern", which would warrant stronger protections. Read the full publication here

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             Science and Policy workshop on Ecosystem-based solutions 

The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction organized with the United Nations University a Science and Policy workshop on the 12-14 February 2019. More than 50 international researchers and practitioners attended, to review the progress made in the field of Eco-DRR, as well as identify science gaps. 

A call to action was made especially for using a common language for policy influencing and continuing to establish the effectiveness of ecosystems-based solutions, such as cost-benefit analysis. 
Find more about it here.

Scientific corner

Nature-based solutions for meeting environmental and socio-economic challenges
The Land Degradation & Development journal published a special issue comprised of 19 papers on the potential and limitations of the use of nature-based solutions for sustainable land management. Read more about it here

Socio-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban nature


Nature Sustainability published an article that reviews research on factors that influence the value of ten of the most commonly cited urban ecosystem services. The article highlights that the effectiveness of urban nature is limited by available space, for instance in the case of storm-water collection; or that green infrastructure can have unintended negative effects, an aspect rarely explored by researchers.
Read more about it here


Gender in Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Communication
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) is organizing two trainings on disaster risk reduction next June in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The first one will focus on how to operationalize gender equality into programming for disaster risk reduction.  Learn more about it

The second training is designed to help
practitioners to design, develop, manage and undertake an effective disaster risk communication campaign. Learn more about it here 

Job Opportunities

Intern, Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office
Organization: UN Women
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 25 February 2019

Intern, Environment Affairs, Disasters and Conflicts Programme
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Panama City, Panama
Closing date: Not specified

See here

Team leader/ Coordinator - Disaster Risk Reduction Expert
Organization: Adelphi
Location: Tunisia
Closing date: Not specified 

Graphic Designer - Global Policy Centre for Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification
Organization: UNDP
Location: Remotely
Closing date: 21 February 2018

Intern, Disaster Risk Reduction
Organization: UNDP
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing date: 28 February 2019

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.

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News Writer: Louise Schreyers
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