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Issue 276 - September 17 - 21, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Learning event: DRR and water – from local infrastructure to watersheds – 25 October 2018 9:00 – 16:30, Helvetas office, Bern, Switzerland


Enhancing the resilience of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure to disasters needs to be increased by recognizing disaster risks and managing them through preventive measures including Eco-DRR and water management strategies at the watershed level. Organized by PEDRR partners, the Swiss NGO Platform and Helvetas, this event targets non-DRR experts, NGOs, practitioners involved in projects and programmes related to water infrastructure, health and hygiene, natural resource management and water governance. For more information, click here.
Four-year drought forces Cuba to find ways to build resilience
Cuba has been working to enhance resilience to drought by working with farmers and their local knowledge and practice of drought-based agroecology. The study, which covered the municipalities of Niceto Pérez and Manuel Tames in Guantánamo, identifies 10 features that local farms can practice to strengthen drought resilience, including 64 agroecological practices for farm management and listing more than 50 entities with innovations, services, or funding opportunities. Read more here.

Global coastal wetlands need to move inland in fight against climate change

Up to 30 per cent of coastal wetlands could be lost globally by the year 2100 with global warming and coastal flooding. This study, led by researchers at the University of Lincoln’s School of Geography (England, UK), suggests that the future of global coastal wetlands, including tidal marshes and mangroves, could be secured if they were able to migrate further inland. Read the full story here.
As water bank runs dry, Uganda greens hills to soak up rain
In Uganda, climate change is expected to bring less rainfall and increase water evaporation rates, depleting groundwater resources. To combat this, Government officials and environmentalists in Uganda are encouraging ecological restoration and soil conservation, to increase water penetration into the ground. Read more here.
Featured Publications
From mountains to oceans: How people adapt to climate change impacts by using nature


A new publication developed by GIZ under the PANORAMA initiative illustrates the diversity of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation. A selection of 30 applied ecosystem-based solutions are presented, covering a wide range of ecosystems: from mountains and forests to wetlands, agro-ecosystems, drylands, marine and coastal ecosystems to urban ecosystems. Read the report here.
Upcoming Events
Climate resilient cities and infrastructures 2018 – 9 October 2018, 9:00 – 17:30, Brussels, Belgium

The final event of the European Commission-funded project RESIN-Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures will take place on 9 October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Two architects (one from Bratislava and one from Finland) will discuss how their cities have used the RESIN project’s practice-focused tools to assess vulnerability and risk locally. For more information, click here.
Job Vacancies
Consultant for NBS in DRR
Organization: World Bank and GFDRR
Location: TBD
Closing date: 20 September 2018

Head, Global Communications
Organization: ICLEI
Location: Bonn, Germany
Closing date: 26 September 2018
CR2 Associate Fellow
Organization: Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2)
Location: Santiago de Chile
Closing date: 5 December 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Louiza Belilet
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