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Issue 264 - June 25 - 29, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
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PEDRR Shoutout : Call for case studies on Nature based Solutions linked to the private sector


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Business and Biodiversity Programme is calling for submissions of case studies on Nature based Solutions (NbS) linked to market based approaches such as carbon credits. The aim is to create a global database of examples of NbS involving the private sector. For more information on the project and how to get involved, click here.
Climate resilience grants awarded to 14 Maryland communities
The Department of Natural Resources in the State of Maryland, U.S.A, announced that it will provide up to US $700,000 in Climate Resilience Grants. The grants seek to strengthen local communities’ ability to assess risk through planning and develop nature-based  or ecosystem solutions that reduce their risk from flooding and other weather-related events. Read more here.
Natural selections: Small pocket park packs a big wallop
While a recent storm impacted the Schuzkill Center’s forest located outside of Philadelphia, U.S.A, the newly-opened Roxborough Pocket Park was unscathed. In addition to the park's three major storm water components, the many trees and plantings, worked to slow storm water down. Read more here.
Solutions to sea level rise in Vietnam
In Vietnam, sea level rise caused by climate change is posing grave challenges to the ecosystem, biodiversity as well as human life. The city of Hanoi started applying Ecosystem-based adaptation measures, such as the planting of coastal protection forests and mangroves, and increasing investments in wetlands and replenishment of land for beaches. Read more here.
American Senators introduce legislation to help create living shorelines
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and other Senators have introduced legislation known as the Living Shorelines Act which would create a new grants programme under the NOAA for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines, a type of green infrastructure which will create a buffer that mitigates the impacts of shoreline flooding by reducing wave energy and decreasing erosion. Read more here.
Featured Publications
US architects advocate for climate smart policies
The American Society of Landscape Architects Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience have published a report outlining their “climate smart” policies with proposed recommendations. Highlights of the recommendations include funding green storm water infrastructure and conserving critical water supplies. Read more here.
New framework for assessing effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Approaches

Under this project, the IIED, IUCN and the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre have been working at 13 sites in 12 countries to gather practical evidence and develop policy guidance for governments on how ecosystem-based approaches can best be implemented. The report concludes that investments helped build local resilience to climate change. Read the full report here.
Job Vacancies
Junior Professional Officer (JPO) at P2 level, Associate Expert – Disaster Risk Reduction
Organization: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Closing date: 13 July 2018, 5pm Eastern Time

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Director, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, D1
Organisation: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
Location: Tehran, Iran
Closing date: 16 July 2018
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News Writer: Louiza Belilet
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