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Weekly News Alert
Issue 286
Novembers 26-30, 2018

Newsletter on ecosystem-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout
PEDRR Lunch seminar `Advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through
Ecosystem-based solutions` 

This PEDRR lunch seminar is being organized to assess how ecosystem-based approaches are supporting implementation of our global commitments to build local and national resilience against disasters and climate change and celebrating 10 years of PEDRR. The seminar takes places the 4th December 2018 at the Palais the Nations in Geneva. Read the flyer here


Wood versus waves:  Effect of willow trees on wave height reduction
Deltares addresses the most urgent knowledge gaps on the role of trees in flood risk reduction by testing trees with extreme waves in a massive flume. This experiment helps to find a new innovative way using nature-based solutions to protect people against flood damage instead of using hard infrastructure. See the video here


Impact of blue-green infrastructure investment pathways on dynamic evolution of natural capital

This blog introduces the concept of natural capital in an environmental context of urban flood resilience by explaining the impacts of urban expansion on natural capital and the effects of blue-green infrastructure to reduce impacts of flood events. Read more here


Digital tools for resilience

Many digital tools such as drones or artificial intelligence are helping to drive progress across the field of resilience. For example, drones can be used to map degraded land. Geospatial data provides satellite images which assists in analyzing deforestation in specific areas and better tackle disasters before they occur. Read more here

Better forest management won’t end wildfires, but it can reduce the risks 

Wildfires are natural hazards which can develop with little warning and have devastating impacts.  Climate change can exacerbate wildfire hazards, while integrated forest management can help reduce the risks of wildfires. Read the whole article here

Inaugural African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity adopts Regional Agenda for Accelerated Ecosystem Restoration

The Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity convened in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity announced new targets towards ecosystem restoration. The Summit highlighted the role of nature-based solutions such as wetlands and sand dunes to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change impacts. Read more here

Project Insights 

Research results from the Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities project, Burkina Faso: Strengthening evidence and informing policy 

This report presents the framework used in a project implemented in Burkina Faso to assess the effectiveness of ecosystem-based approaches for protecting communities against climate change and disasters. Results can provide guidance on how to document evidence which can be used to develop policy guidance. Read more here

Call for proposal

Grey to Green Conference 2019
The Grey to Green Conference 2019 in Toronto presents the most recent green infrastructure, new technologies and best practices in design, installation and maintenance. It aims to inform current policy debates by demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure investment, with a focus on `Adapting to Climate Change: Flooding and the Urban Heat Island`. Send your proposals here

Job Opportunities

Dominican Republic Coral Manager
Organization: The Nature Conservancy 
Location: Dominican Republic
Closing date: 8 December 2018

Director Mai Po and wetlands
Organization: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Location: Hong Kong, China
Closing date: ASAP

Coordinator - DRR Capacity Development
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand 
Closing date: 6 December 2018
Programme Management Officer, P4
Organization: United Nations Environment 
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 2 January 2019

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Adviser
Organization: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Location: Apia, Samoa
Closing date: 30 November 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Nicole-Karolina Rokicki
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