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Weekly News Alert
Issue 297
February 25 - March 1, 2019


Learning from Japan's experience in forest restoration


As momentum grows around the world for restoration, Japan's experience can inform countries like China, Pakistan and India, which aim to plant millions of trees in the coming years. Particular attention should be given to the choice of species and their variety, which affect biodiversity. Read the full publication here

Project insights

UNDP's success in restoring peatlands in Belarus
Belarus's '10-year challenge' was to restore the Halaje peatlands in Minsk. Photo: UNDP Belarus
UNDP has been working for over a decade in Belarus, Eastern Europe, to restore degraded peatlands. Belarus's peatlands were severely damaged, due to massive drainage and extraction from the 1960's. Following ecological rehabilitation, natural flora and fauna came back, and these ecosystems turned once again into valuable carbon sinks. Read the full publication here

Scientific corner

Understanding the disaster risk, climate change and sustainability nexus 
Sustainability published an article that retraces some of the progress made in the last 50 years of advancing understanding of interlinked processes related to disaster risks. Various fields of work from the climate, risk, environment and development  communities are starting to work together, especially since 2005. Read more about it here

Call for contributions

Voluntary commitments for the Sendai Framework 
Showcase your disaster risk reduction initiatives by February 28 in order to include them in the first voluntary commitments report at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Find more about it here 


Webinar series on drought
Drought has affected more people worldwide in the last 40 years than any other natural hazard. It is a complex natural phenomenon with varying levels of intensity, duration, spatial extent and impacts. Severe drought episodes have drastic socio-economic and environmental impacts, including loss of crops, massive famines and migration, natural resource degradation and weak economic performance. 
GlobeDrought offers a webinar series in 12 sessions: the first starts on 26 February. Find more about it here.  


Job Opportunities

Short Term Consultant, Labs Team
Organization: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and recovery

Location: United States of America
Closing date: 6 March 2019

Geospatial Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Organization: IUCN
Location: Bonn, Germany
Closing date: 1 March 2019

See here

Senior Advocacy Officer
Organization: Wetlands International
Location: Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands
Closing date: 3 March 2019

Mekong Delta Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, and Communications Officer
Organization: IUCN
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Closing date: 3 March

Regional Disaster Officer
Organization: American Red Cross
Location: Georgia, United States of America
Closing date: Not specified

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.

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News Writer: Louise Schreyers
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