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Issue 225 August 28 - September 1, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout: Eco-DRR MOOC 2017 Re-launch!  


UN Environment, Technical University of Cologne (TH Köln) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), will be relaunching the Massive Open Online Course entitled “Disasters and ecosystems: Resilience in a changing climate” on 18 September 2017, 3PM UTC +1. The course has no fees and is open to all those interested in ecosystem-based solutions for reducing disaster and climate risks. It will have updated video clips and interviews from global leaders, experts and practitioners. Stay tuned for the Registration link!
Houston: Mimicking rural hydrology to avoid floods
Catastrophic floods have been anticipated for some time in Houston, Texas, resulting from the combined effects of climate change and aggressive land development. Discussing the negative effects of the National Flood Insurance Program, this article explains why cities should mimic rural hydrology to reduce flood risks. Read further here.
Which other US cities are exposed to major flooding?
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the spotlight has turned to which other cities in the United States could be prone to severe flooding and their strategies to deal with the risks. While in some cities there remains a heavy focus on adopting hard engineering solutions such as sea walls to protect critical infrastructure, some cities, such as New Orleans, are incorporating nature-based solutions in their flood management plans. Read more here.
Natural restoration can help us withstand the next Hurricane Harvey
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, decided to restore marshlands, protect riverbanks and plant trees to reduce flood risks. Urban land developers offset the additional stormwater generated by their activities by funding natural restoration initiatives. Learn how such initiatives can help limit the impacts of the next Hurricane Harvey here.
New online platform
Case studies highlighting nature-based solutions – available on PANORAMA!
Looking for more case studies on nature-based solutions? PANORAMA has 41 case studies available from across the world highlighting great examples of nature-based solutions, including forest conservation in Peru, coral gardening in Vanuatu, and rangeland restoration in Namibia. The PANORAMA platform aims to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics. Visit the platform here.
Project insights
Artificial reefs against coastal erosion in India
The use of artificial reefs has been successful in increasing biodiversity and making the Vanaar island ecosystems resilient to climate change in the Gulf of Mannar, India. This attempt to recreate natural ecosystems has been so successful in limiting coastal erosion and boosting fish stocks that a National Fund will be set up to launch similar initiatives. Learn more here.
Job Vacancies
PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Realising Resilience at Hunter Water
Organisation: The University of Newcastle
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Closing date: Unspecified

WASH-DRR Programme Manager
Organisation: Mission East
Location: Tajikistan
Closing date: 24 September 2017

Intern - Information Management
Organisation: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date: Unspecified

Request for proposal: The Economic Consequences of Hazard Impacts on Education
Organisation: Save the Children International (SCI)
Location: Singapore
Closing date: Unspecified

For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News editor: Ulysse Hahang and Ebony Holland
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