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Issue 282 - October 29 - November 2, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout : India - Why floodplains need to be protected

The floods in Kerala in India caused huge damage and harmed riverine ecosystems. Enhanced enforcement of regulations, including in floodplain zones, to protect and maintain floodplains is being called for to mitigate future flood risks. Read more here.

A few days ago, the first UN Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report for Kerala was released and highlights international examples for building back better in 16 sectors. The report assessed the damage and loss that the state suffered during the devastating floods in August. 
Latest News from PEDRR partners
Ecosystem-Based Approaches for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Rio de Janeiro State 
The new research from the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) focuses on natural hazards in the mountain ranges of the Rio de Janeiro State, examining drivers of risk including climate change and land degradation. The publication addresses impacts of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) approaches and analyzes the linkages between DRR and biodiversity and ecosystem management. Read the full publication here
Local evidence for disaster and climate resilient pathways – an advocacy journey
The Swiss NGO DRR Platform is hosting a public event in Spietz, Switzerland, from the 26-28 November 2018 and invites everyone that is interested in advocacy for disaster and climate resilience. The 3-day workshop will showcase local evidence of effective DRR and CCA and make a case for more demand-driven local efforts. Register here for the event until 4 November 2018.
Boosting research excellence: Nature-based solutions for sustainable development in Malta
The ReNature project, funded by EU Horizon 2020, aims to address nature-based solutions for innovation, economic growth and human well-being in Malta. The project’s objective is the improvement of capacity and development of natural solutions, including green and blue infrastructure such as salt marshes and floodplains. Multiple benefits for sustainable and resilient development are expected as an outcome of the project. Read more here.

Stopping superstorms — the world is our oyster
A study from the University of Massachusetts found that oyster reefs show a significant reduction in wave energy compared to cases without oyster reefs and can mitigate the damage from superstorms. Oyster reefs grow naturally in coastal areas; however, water pollution have minimized optimal conditions for oyster reefs to spread further.  Read the full article here
Boston mayor proposes green flood control plan
The city of Boston released the Resilient Boston Harbor Plan with the main objective of protecting the city from sea level rise and flooding, by establishing open spaces to restore marshlands. The new plan differs from previous proposals which focused on building of sea walls. Read the full article here
Featured Publication
Ecosystem-based adaptation: A handbook for EbA in mountain, dryland and coastal ecosystems


The International Institute for Environment and Development published a handbook that provides practical guidance for planning and implementation of community-led ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). It focuses on the three vulnerable ecosystems: mountains, drylands and coastal areas. Read the full publication here
NOAA Introducing Green Infrastructure for Costal Resilience Workshop
NOAA`s Office for Coastal Management offers a one-day training workshop to introduce green infrastructure concepts and practices and the relevant role of increasing resilience of coastal communities to natural hazards. In this session, projects from state of Indiana, USA, will be showcased and discussed. Register now here for the event.  

Job Vacancies
Intern - Administration
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 8 November 2018

Senior Researcher I
Organization: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Location: London or Edinburg, UK
Closing date: 14 November 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Intern – Information Management 
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Bonn, Germany
Closing date: 30 October 2018 

Biodiversity Policy Officer
Organization: CEEweb for Biodiversity
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Closing date: 9 November 2018
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