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Weekly News Alert
Issue 292
January 21-25, 2019


The new US Governors' Resilience Playbook recommends natural solutions
Effective disaster management is becoming key in political success nowadays, with meteorological events becoming more intense and frequent with climate change. The US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan committee of 18 governors, published a New Governors' Resilience Playbook, that advises incoming governors on how to build long-term resilience during their first year in office. Investing in green infrastructure is one of the main recommendations, along with leveraging existing resources to support local efforts. Read the full document here


Europe's most important river is running dry
The Rhine waterway, which links German and Swiss industry with Rotterdam, Europe's biggest port risks becoming impassable due to climate change. The river is fed by glaciers and rain, but alpine ice flows is believed to have declined by 35% between 1973 and now. In addition to threatening the shipping traffic, low water levels and prolonged heat endangered certain species of fish, with cases of mass die-offs. Other factors explaining this loss in biodiversity include the deforestation of the Rhine riverbanks, which further exposes fishes to sunlight and deprives them of protective shelter. Read more about it here and here
Why Detroit residents pushed back against tree-planting

A recent research investigated the reasons behind Detroit's residents resistance towards tree planting in 2014. From 1989, the city partnered with a local non-profit to reforest the city, which had a very depleted tree canopy.

Despite understanding the benefits of trees, which can absorb air pollution, and provide cooling, residents did not trust the city's interventions. The top-down and low participatory approach compromised buy-in from inhabitants. Read the full publication
The European Rewilding Network welcomes the UK's largest coastal  wetland

Rewilding Europe welcomes the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project to the European Rewilding Network. The Wallasea Project created the largest man-made marine wetland area in the United Kingdom. It is comprised of 850 hectares of tidal saltmarsh and mudflats, brackish lagoons, grazing marsh and freshwater grassland, as well as arable bird cover. The project aims to combat climate change threats and coastal flooding. Read more about it here

Scientific corner

Peatlands restoration protects from flooding
Since 2003, Moors for the Future Partnership has implemented a restoration scheme on the hills of the Peak District, near Manchester, UK. The measures taken to address climate change, pollution, wildfires and poor land management have also reduced flood risk in downstream communities, according to scientists from the Manchester University. They found that re-vegetation of bare peat and damming up the gullies reduces the peak volume flow by 57% and triples the time between peak rain and peak flow. Read the full article here

Online courses

Multi-hazard risk assessment online course
The faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente offers a 6-week online course on Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment focusing on hazards and risks in urban settings. The course adopts a task-based learning approach, combining self-study with online support by an ITC instructor. The deadline for applying is 8 April 2019. Find more about it here

Job Opportunities

Research and Partnership Assistant, Disaster Risk Reduction Unit
Organization: UNDP
Location: Panama
Closing date: 23 January 2019

Knowledge Generation Officer, P3
Organization: UN Environment, Green Growth Knowledge Platform
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 23 January 2019

Programme Officer, Regional Water and Wetlands Programme
Organization: IUCN
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Closing date: 31 January 2019
See here

Emergency Manager (Risk Analysis), P4
Organization: UNICEF
Location: New York, USA
Closing date: 4 February 2019
See here

PhD on Public perceptions of climate risk 
Organization: Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
Location: Leeds, UK
Closing date: 8 February 2018
See here

Chief, Resource Mobilization Section, P5
Organization: UNISDR
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: 16 February 2019

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.

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News Writer: Louise Schreyers
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