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Weekly News Alert
Issue 274 - September 3 - 7, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Deltares and TU Delft's Training and Awareness Program on Building with Nature


Deltares and TU Delft recently kicked off a Training and Awareness program on Building with Nature for the private sector, government and knowledge institutes in Indonesia, as part of the Building with Nature program in Indonesia, which is led by Wetlands International and the Ecoshape Consortium. The training will improve capacities for applying Building with Nature measures, integrate the training course into regular training programs and curricula and raise awareness about benefits of the approach. More information here.
Project Insights
How can our coasts protect us from storms?
Salt marshes act as a first line of defense against storm surge waves, reducing storm water levels at the foot of landward sea defenses. Vulnerable shorelines and engineered coastal defenses are thus at lower risk of suffering from the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and more intense storms. The RESIST research project is taking on the challenge of finding out whether salt marshes can provide natural defense against severe storms, by conducting an experiment on how waves change when they travel across submerged salt marsh vegetation, in the large wave flume in Hannover, Germany. Read the full press release here.

Milwaukee (WI, USA) finds solutions to cope with flooding

Parts of Wisconsin recently experienced torrential rains and flooding due to the overflowing of the Kinnickinnic River. It is one of three rivers within Milwaukee’s massive watershed that feed into Lake Michigan. The area is also the most densely developed. The city is working to remove the concrete lining that was built along the river in the 1960s, which has reduced flood control, rather than improved it. The city is replacing the concrete lining with rocks and vegetation, also allowing for smoother transition into the nearby park area. Read the full story here.
How cities can use nature to cope with changing climates


New Orleans (LA, USA), a city facing sinking land and vulnerability to storm surges is implementing scientifically sound ecosystem-based approaches to complement the existing engineering solutions for urban resilience. Melbourne (Australia), a city facing heatwaves is using urban trees to bring down temperatures. As cities begin to experiment with ecological design and planning as solutions to climate stress, it is important to make sure that the work is based on key ecological principles. Read the full story here.
Upcoming Events
World Water Week to focus on more nature-based solutions
The World Water Week started on Monday 27 August in Stockholm, Sweden, which will have a focus on nature-based solutions for water-related challenges. In response to stressed ecosystems and high pressure on limited water resources, societies must find and implement solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Read more here.

Job Vacancies
Programme Management Officer P4
Organization: UN Environment
Location: El-Fashir, Sudan
Closing date: 30 August 2018 

Climate Finance Office
Organization: Inter-Development Bank
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Closing date. 14 September 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Research Chair
Organization: Afromontane Research Unit
Location: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Closing date: 30 September 2018

Organization: Bellona Europa
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Closing date: 11 September 2018
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News Writer: Louiza Belilet 
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