PEDRR Newsletter Issue 293


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Weekly News Alert
Issue 293
January 28-February 1, 2019

** Campaign

#Keep Wetlands for climate change - World Wetlands Day 2019

World Wetlands Day celebrates the roles of wetlands in combating climate change on 2 February.

Why we need to protect and restore wetlands
35% of the world's wetlands have been degraded since the 1970's
Wetlands are disappearing 3 times faster than forests
Wetlands protect us against disasters and climate change
Peatlands store 30% of all carbon, but cover only 3% of earth's land
Seagrasses absorb carbon 35 times faster than rainforests
Wetlands can buffer our coastlines from storms
Wetlands can absorb flood waters and slowly release stored water during times of low rainfall

The Ramsar Convention and partnering organizations are organizing events ( all over the world. Join one!

In Geneva, the celebration will take place on 31 January, at the World Meteorological  Organization, with a discussion aiming at highlighting wetlands conservation and restoration as a sustainable solution for climate action. Please register
online ( .

** News

UN, WWF and world's insurers to develop industry guide to protect World Heritage sites

A pioneering insurance industry guide to protect our planet’s most special places through its risk management, insurance and investment activities will be developed in 2019 with leading insurers. Natural World Heritage Sites provide vital resources such as food, fuel and water, and deliver critical services such as stabilizing soils, preventing floods, and capturing carbon. However, almost half of natural World Heritage Sites are under threat. Read more about it here ( .

** Scientific corner

Living in green areas could reduce heart disease
Living in green neighborhoods could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by decreasing the body's stress and boosting its ability to repair blood vessels, according to researchers from the University of Louisville, USA. Green spaces in urban settings provide multiple benefits: they improve air quality, provide mental health benefits and simply offer more opportunities for regular exercise. Read the full research here ( .

Interested to read more on this topic? Check out unequal access to urban vegetation in most cities. (

** Publications

The Atlas of Engineering with Nature is out!

Engineering with Nature is an initiative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that seeks to align natural and engineering processes to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. The Atlas showcases 56 projects, with several of them adopting a disaster risk reduction approach, such as the use of oyster reefs for shoreline stabilization or mitigating flood risk through natural processes. Read here ( .

** Online courses

MOOC on Environmental security and sustaining peace

The SDG Academy offers an 8-week MOOC on how natural resources and the environment can be a vehicle for peace. T
his course addresses inter-linkages between disaster risk, natural resources management and the cycle of conflict. The course starts on 11 February 2019. Find more about it here ( .

** Events

Blue-green infrastructure for urban resilience on 5 February in Brussels

The Forum Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation aims to foster  dialogue on sustainable urban development among local and regional authorities. As part of the forum, Wetlands International will organize a side event to showcase successful partnerships in promoting green-blue infrastructure for sustainable and climate resilient urban development.

Date & Time: 5 February 2019, 14.00 – 16.30 hrs.

Location: Aloft Brussels Schuman, Room Tactic 2, Place Jean Rey, 1040 Brussels

To register, please click here ( or contact .
Apply for the Innovation Platform at the Global Platform for DRR before 31 January
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction ( will be held this year in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 17 May 2019. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called for innovative ideas and approaches to disaster risk reduction. Proposals can be related to new methodologies or the use of new technology, innovative awareness-raising or educational activities. Submit your Eco-DRR related proposals! The deadline for submission ( is 31 January.

** Job Opportunities
Programme Management Assistant
Organization: IHE Delft, Integrated Water Systems and Governance department
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Closing date: 28 January 2019
See here (

Research Associate/Staff Scientist: Climate and Energy Policy
Organization: Stockholm Environment Institute
Location: Seattle, USA
Closing date: 31 January 2019
See here (

Communications Assistant
Organization: IUCN
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Closing date: 10 February 2019
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Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator
Organization: Mission East
Location: Darvoz, Tajikistan
Closing date: 10 February 2019
See here (

Organization: C4 EcoSolutions
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Closing date: 28 February 2019
See here (

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