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Weekly News Alert
Issue 300
March 18-22, 2019
Featured Video 

What if we could use nature to prevent disasters?


The World Bank published a
video highlighting the potential of nature-based solutions as tools for disaster risk reduction and for enhancing community resilience. The video discusses case studies from World Bank projects in Sri Lanka, Belize and Nigeria. The World Bank, GFDRR, the Program for Forests (PROFOR) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), have also teamed up to create a website offering a global inventory of NBS projects and implementation guidance. Navigate the website here


300 Australian scientists call for stronger land clearing laws to reduce fire risk and meet climate targets

The high rates of deforestation and weak land clearing laws are increasing the risk of wildfires and undermining Australia's ability to meet its climate change targets. Tree loss also has consequences for local farmers, due to rising salinity, reduced water quality and soil erosion. 300 Australian scientists have signed a declaration calling for governments to strengthen regulations to better protect native vegetation. Read the story here
First Blue Oceans Conference in West Africa hosted by Liberia

Coastal populations in Liberia, and in West Africa more broadly, are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards. The city of Monrovia in Liberia will be hosting the Blue Oceans Conference, first of its kind in the region, from 18-21 March 2019. The conference aims to find solutions to ensure the sustainability of Africa's marine environment, and enhance the importance of marine ecosystem conservation and integrated ocean management to address climate change, pollution, and unsustainable fishing among others. Access to Conference website here.

Project Insights

Reforestation and mangrove restoration in Kisakasa, Zanzibar, shows positive DRR results after just 3 years

Rising sea levels, deforestation and erratic rains in Kisakasa, Zanzibar, were killing crops, degrading soil and forcing local communities to drink salty water. To adapt to climate change and coastal hazards, in 2017 the community formed an NGO and worked on restoring mangroves to act as a natural barrier against floods and storms. Supported by UN Environment, the group also raises awareness among villagers to stop harmful practices like charcoal-making, and teaches children about conservation and the benefits of natural DRR and CCA solutions. Read the story here
UN Environment supports EbA project in The Gambia

UN Environment is supporting a 6-year "Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation Project in The Gambia" led by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) of The Gambia and funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Gambia is particularly affected by climate change due to the increasing incidence of natural hazards including droughts and floods. The project aims to build climate resilience by restoring and rehabilitating at least 10,000 hectares of forests, protected and wildlife areas and farmland with native plants. It is expected to benefit 11,550 households directly and 46,2000 indirectly in four targeted regions located along the Gambia River. Read about the project here.
Government of Canada invests in coastal research initiatives in New Brunswick
The Government of Canada is investing $710,000 in four marine environmental data collection projects in the Port of Saint John, as part of Canada's Oceans Protection Plan. The projects will support coastal data collection projects involving fisheries and oceans scientists, indigenous and coastal communities, and other local partners. These projects are essential to ensure the preservation of coastlines, a key Eco-DRR element, as data is vital for scientists to detect changes in the environment and impacts on marine ecosystems caused by human activities. At the same time, the projects will deliver considerable economic benefits to Canadians. Read the article here.

Featured Publications

New guide for the global insurance industry to manage environmental, social and governance risks

UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative launched the first-ever guide for the global insurance industry to manage environmental, social and governance risks (ESG). The guide shows how insurers can develop a systematic approach to managing ESG risks such as climate change, environmental degradation, protected sites and species and animal welfare, among others. Access the guide here
Scientific Corner
Social learning approaches for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction
This research paper featured in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Deduction explores the potential and limitations of applying social learning to ecosystem-based disaster-risk reduction. Social learning is defined as an interactive, collective learning process that can convene a wide range of stakeholders, support co-creation of knowledge and strengthen willingness for collective action and advocacy.

New research shows connection between ocean dynamics, drought and forests
A new study led by a researcher from the University of Wyoming and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a degree of predictability can be found in certain climatic changes, which establishes a relationship between changes in the Atlantic Ocean and the incidence of droughts and changes in forest makeup. The research examines the risk of drought for the United States due to shifts in currents in the Atlantic Ocean and how we can forecast such events to better prepare for them. Read the story here or access the article here


Paris Forum on Nature Based Solutions 

April 4-5 2019
CSTB Paris, 4 avenue du Recteur Poincaré - Paris, France
The Paris Forum on Nature-based Solutions is a two day event organized by the City of Paris and the ThinkNature H2020 Project. The forum aims at bringing together multiple stakeholders from different sectors, including scientists, international organizations, market actors and policy-makers, to discuss current knowledge, facts and research on NbS as an approach to climate change adaptation and risk management and resilience.  Pre-register for the event here.

Job Opportunities

Environment Affairs Intern 
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: 22 March 2019

Call for Applications: Expert Roaster Consultant - Albania's 4th national communication to UNFCCC & First Biennial Update Report
Organization: UNDP
Location: Tirana, Albania
Closing date: 31 March 2019

Project Assistant European Association
Organization: Wetlands International
Location: Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands
Closing date: Not specified
Science Director in India
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Location: New Delhi, India
Closing date: 19 March 2019
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Program Officer
Organization: WWF
Location: Washington DC
Closing date: 12 April 2019

Science and Data Lead
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing date: 5 April 2019

Consultant - External Review: Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Integrated Watershed Management in Muminabad, Tajikistan
Organization: Caritas Switzerland
Location: Muminabad, Tajikistan
Closing date: 25 March 2019

For more information please see PEDRR's Linkedin.
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News Writer: Lavinia Giulia Pomarico
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