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Issue 216 June 26- 30, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
 PEDRR Shoutout : Financing Natural Infrastructure for Coastal Flood Damage Reduction

A new report Financing Natural Infrastructure for Coastal Flood Damage Reduction, by The Nature Conservancy and partners, reviews funding opportunities for natural defenses. It also identifies the barriers that prevent funding of natural defenses, and proposes a framework that helps identify when and where there may be opportunities to finance natural infrastructure. Find the report, and a handy fact sheet here.

Scientific Corner
Institutional deficiencies jeopardize mangrove conservation efforts
Unsustainable human activities and climate change are threatening coastal ecosystems in countries of West-Central Africa. This paper argues that mangrove ecosystem conservation and restoration efforts in the region did not have the anticipated co-benefits. Institutional deficiencies and a lack of coordination between stakeholders may undermine the positive effects of mangrove conservation in the region. Read the full article here.
Equator Prize 2017 Winners Revealed
Winners of the 2017 Equator Prize showcase the innovative work of local and indigenous communities towards sustainable development using nature-based solutions. Projects include reduction of flood and mudslides risks, improved water access and payments for ecosystem services using carbon credits. The Equator Initiative launched its report Making Waves: Community Solutions, Sustainable Oceans and a nature-based solutions database on June 8 2017. Read this year’s winner’s stories here and access the database and report
Wetlands as green infrastructure and alternative wastewater treatment plants
Traditional, concrete treatment plants are expensive to build and maintain. The village of St. Pierre-Jolys in Canada found a better solution. Staff from Native Plant Solutions (NPS) proposed the tertiary treatment wetland; a sustainable, cleaner, cost-effective and greener way to reduce nutrient levels in the village’s wastewater. The project presents the added benefits of increasing flood resilience. Learn more here.
Natural capital valuation and flood risks
As land development, deforestation and wetland degradation increase vulnerability to floods in Canada, appropriate valuation of natural buffers becomes critical when pricing flood risks. Insurers say preserving wetlands is about thirty times cheaper than building seawalls. Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Assessing the future of climate change policy in the UK

To be held in London on 10 October 2017, this conference will examine the priorities for UK climate change adaptation and planning ahead, as preparations are put in place for publication of the National Adaptation Programme in 2018. Participants will evaluate future requirements for the management of climate-resilient infrastructure, risks of climate change to ecosystem services and to public health, and the opportunities to improve efficiency in adaptation measures. More information and registration here.
Job Vacancies
Director, Corporate Services
Organisation: UN Environment
Location : Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date : 6 August 2017
Director, Science Division

Organisation: UN Environment
Location : Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date : 26 July 2017
For more info about these job vacancies, please visit PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Deputy Executive Director
Organisation : Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing date: 31 July 2017
Nat Cat Application Engineer
Organisation: Swiss Re 
Location, Bengaluru, India
Closing date: until position is filled
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News Editor: Ulysse Hahang
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