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Issue 275 - September 10 - 14, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Seven Reasons to Embrace Nature-Based Disaster Risk Reduction 

Following the devastating floods in the state of Kerala, India, with over 400 deaths and more than one million people displaced, there is growing urgency and heightened national awareness of the importance of incorporating ecosystem-based approaches in disaster risk management strategies in the country. This UN Environment story highlights seven reasons for promoting ecosystem-based approaches to reduce disaster risks. Read the full story here.
Featured Publications
Turkana leads natural forest restoration in Lorugum: A story of success in very dry conditions

A case study of forest restoration was successful in the Turkana county of Northern Kenya because of co-operation between the Forest Department, elders, community, and the chiefs. Pastoralists think that the best approach for forest conservation is to involve all stakeholders, drawing from indigenous knowledge on forest restoration and management as well as utilizing mapping and zonation techniques. Read the full story here.
Nature-based solutions for flood-drought risk mitigation in urbanizing areas of East Africa
East Africa is one of the most rapidly developing regions globally, where the balance of too much water (flood) or too little water (drought) is a matter of life and death for millions of people. This paper highlights the importance for East African countries to develop effective methods for identifying sustainable solutions to mitigate water-related risks in urban and urbanizing areas. Read the full story here.

Nature's whims cause water crisis: Green infrastructure can stop them

Projects that harness nature-based structures in places like Kenya and Sri Lanka are showing that green infrastructure can help vulnerable communities to face the double threat of flooding and drought. Research and practice from India over the last 30 years further demonstrate this, through integrated watershed management involving local stakeholders. Read the full story here.
Mangrove expansion may help coastal ecosystems keep pace with sea level rise in warmer future
A Villanova University research team conducted a two-year experiment to increase both marsh and mangrove ecosystem air temperatures. The researchers found that experimental warming, similar to what will occur in a warmer future due to climate change, both doubled plant height and accelerated the transition from marsh to mangrove. Expansion of these natural barriers as observed in this experiment may enhance the sustainability of coastal communities experiencing sea-level rise in a warmer future. Read more here.
Denver reopens buried waterways to revive natural processes and control storm runoff
The Montclair Creek project of the city of Denver (CO, USA) is an excavation project of old buried water channels to create up to 20 miles of riparian corridors. Work crews are excavating and re-routing water, digging holes for ponds and planting native grasses and perennials along the 9 mile-waterway to better manage storm runoff. Read the full story here.
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