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Weekly News Alert
Issue 288
December 10-14, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystem-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation


European countries commit to enhance disaster risk reduction efforts and value ecosystem-based solutions 
At the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) this year in Rome, Italy, Governments and stakeholders were called to accelerate the implementation of local and national DRR strategies to achieve the Sendai Framework targets. The Rome Declaration emphasizes the value of ecosystems services and nature-based solutions which need to be supported and integrated within those strategies. Read more here.
Many African countries are flooding, risking decades of development if they do not adapt

Flooding in Sub-Saharan Africa affected more than 2 million people and destroyed around 10,000 houses alone in 2018. A study estimated that floods cost Tanzania US$2 billion annually, money which could be invested towards more disaster resilient development. Using ecosystem-based approaches, such as widening of natural flood plains and planting more trees, could be a key adaptation strategy. Read more here

Let it flow: State of California breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

The California Conservation Corps is leading a project around Modesto (U.S.A.) by replanting native trees and shrubs and reconnecting floodplains to rivers as flood control measures. It ensures the protection of cities and towns against hydroclimate-related hazards. Read more here.

Cities plant more trees to curb wild weather, boost healthy living

Cities like Athens, Seoul and Melbourne are increasingly planting trees as a protection measure against heatwaves and floods. Melbourne is planning to expand its green space to 40 percent by 2040, with other cities following this strategy. By planting urban forests, cities can address multiple stresses at once, from flooding to air pollution, which grey infrastructure is not able to do. Read the article here

Featured Publication

Green infrastructure as a response to heatwave risk

A new study by the UK Meteorological office found that in the last 10 years the temperature of the hottest days in the UK increased significantly by 0.8°C, compared to an earlier decade. It showcases examples in various regions that have adopted green infrastructure to adapt to heat waves. These solutions have multiple effects such as lowering temperatures and can prevent flooding. Read the full study here.

Benefits of restoring ecosystem services in urban areas

Cities can connect people and nature and generate large environmental impacts. This paper examines the relevance of ecosystems in urban areas to tackle climate change such as increasing heat waves and rainfall events. Read the whole publication here. 

Upcoming Event

International Mountain Day 2018
This year’s theme “#MountainsMatter” will touch upon the relation of mountains with youth, water, disaster risk reduction, food, indigenous people and biodiversity. Mountains are an early indicator for climate change which will have an impact on people in upstream as well as downstream areas. The worldwide event takes place on 11 December and focuses on opportunities in sustainable mountain development to reduce the upcoming challenges. See the event here


Job Opportunities

Program Manager
Organization: Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia Secretariat (ICLEI)
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Closing date: 17 December 2018

Environmental Compliance Evaluator
Organization: Saco River Corridor Commission
Location: Cornish, ME, United States
Closing date: 4 January 2019

Intern - Environment Affairs (GEF Biodiversity)
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 13 December 2018
Intern - Biodiversity Conservation
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Closing date: 10 December 2018

Junior Professional Officer
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Closing date: 12 December 2018

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