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Weekly News Alert
Issue 284
Novembers 12-16, 2018

Newsletter on ecosystem-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout : UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030

During the Bonn Challenge High-level meeting in Brazil in March 2018, the Government of El Salvador proposed to declare the `UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration`. Restoration of ecosystems is recognized as a priority by a number of global commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Ecosystem restoration can generate tangible benefits such as increasing food and water security, as well as reducing disaster and climate risks. Read the concept note here

Featured Publication

Integrating flood and environmental risk management: Principles and practices

Published by the Asian Development Bank, this publication introduces the concept of flood and environmental risk management (FERM) in the People’s Republic of China and emphasizes the close connection between managing flood risk and managing risks to the environment and ecosystems. The concept addresses the flood–waste–ecosystem nexus by applying both structural and nonstructural solutions. Read the entire document here


Managing the perfect storm: How healthy ecosystems increase resilience

According to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research and the Asian Development Bank, extreme weather events will increase rapidly due to rising global mean temperature. Communities in coastal and low-lying areas will be increasingly at risk and must adapt to the changes. With the changing climate as the ‘new normal’, more countries are turning towards ecosystem-based or nature-based solutions as a disaster risk reduction strategy. Read the full article here. 
Jamaica to benefit from climate change resilience project

The small island developing state Jamaica proposed a project that aims to strengthen climate change resilience of urban areas through ecosystem-based solutions, which will be funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, Development Bank San Salvador and Water and Sanitation Commission Mexico. The project is expected to reduce vulnerability of urban and peri-urban communities to climate change related hazards by protecting and maintaining ecosystems in urban areas. Read more here.

Nature can deliver better water security for more than a billion people

The World Economic Forum is promoting the economic benefits of nature-based solutions compared to conventional `grey` infrastructure. The restoration and conservation of ecosystems such as wetlands can improve water quality and quantity, community health and carbon sequestration. Read the full article here


How to accelerate the use of natural infrastructure to aid climate change adaptation

Strategies to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience include restoration of natural ecosystems such as barrier islands, dunes and floodplains. However, existing information gaps represent a barrier for planners and decision-makers to support the implementation of these nature-based solutions. A group of international experts have developed guidelines to address this knowledge gap. Read more in this blog here

Project Insight

Forest protection and restoration for buffering extreme droughts in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam

The German development agency (GIZ) is supporting a project in the Ha Thinh Province in Vietnam to mitigate the impacts of extreme climate events, such as droughts and rainfalls. By replanting and protecting forests, the project has created more effective buffers for droughts in the area. Read more here


Building a global movement in support of natural climate solutions
Nature4Climate Initiative started a project to select 195 signatures from global ambassadors to emphasize the importance of ecosystems such as forest and wetlands to combat the impacts of climate change. Ambassadors were asked to share personal pictures of themselves in ecosystems in order to highlight the ecosystem’s important role in their country. Follow the project by sharing your own images by using #TheForgottenSolution.


Job Opportunities

Consultant: Gap Assessment on Green and Climate Resilient Cities in Laos
Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Location: Vientiane, Laos
Closing date: 15 November 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Programme Head, Climate-smart Land Use
Organization: Wetlands International
Location: Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands
Closing date: ASAP

Internship - Freshwater Conservation Agency Relations Associate GLOBE 
Organization: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Closing date: 12 January 2019
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News Writer: Nicole-Karolina Rokicki
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