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Issue 260 - May 28 - June 1 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Sri Lanka: Colombo's wetlands float to top of flood prevention plan
Wetlands restoration represents an important step towards successful implementation of the Metropolitan Colombo Urban Development Project in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The plan aims to strengthen flood protection and urban planning in the city, and reviving the city’s wetlands to help retain excess water. To know more read here
Myanmar experiments with drones to replant dwindling mangroves

Myanmar has lost at least 1 million hectares of mangrove forests over the last decades, increasing its vulnerability to cyclones and climate change. In order to facilitate mangrove restoration in the country, the Worldview International Foundation staged a drone-planting demonstration in Yangon with plans for a pilot project in the Irrawaddy delta.
See the full article here

Lessons in resilience: what city planners can learn from Hobart’s floods

The city of Hobart, in Tasmania, is particularly prone to flooding. This article explains how Hobart's lack of preparedness to flood risks is due to its urban development, among other reasons. An increased green cover in the city would act like a sponge and contribute to natural drainage in case of floods. Read more here

New Jersey shields Its fragile shoreline ecosystems

The Coastal Resilience Collaborative, the New Jersey Resilient Coastlines Initiative, and the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance are bringing financial and tactical resources to bear on restoring reefs, wetlands, marshes and dunes in New Jersey, USA. Building green infrastructure to shield shorelines will help reduce storm damage and protect local economies. See the full article here

Fears of flooding as Mumbai plans to open salt pans for social housing
A project to develop protected coastal land, promoted by the authorities of Mumbai, is raising concerns among environmentalists. While more affordable housing is needed, developing these natural areas could increase vulnerability to seismic hazards, floods, and accelerated erosion. Read more here

Call for Papers
Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019
The call for abstracts for the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2019 is now open, with deadline on 3 June 2018.The GAR is a biannual report to show-case Member States’ progress towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework as well as targets of the SDGs, to assess global risk trends, and to present innovative research and knowledge. Submit your Eco-DRR related abstracts here

Job Opportunities
Senior Researcher, Center for Sustainable Research
Organization: University of Bonn
Location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Close date: 31 May 2018
Programme Manager Forestry in Tajikistan
Organization: Caritas
Location: Tajikistan
Close date: 15 June 2018

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