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Issue 128 - Month September 21- 25, 2015
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Limiting the impacts of climate change through green infrastructure

'Green infrastructure' can deliver a more effective and cheaper solution to tackle climate change
According to new research by the European Environment Agency (EEA), an effective way of coping with climate-related disasters is through building and managing “green infrastructure” coupled with a well-planned network of natural areas. The EEA examines how nature can be employed to help Europe in preparing for and decrease the costs associated with climate risks. The study highlights identifying areas of well-functioning ecosystems that can support disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and reduce the impacts of floods and landslides. Read more
Queensland Government: Great Barrier Reef threatened by climate change, extreme events and pollution

Fish swimming through the coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph by William West/AFP/Getty Images

In the past 30 years the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover and faces its largest threat from climate change. Warm, acidic waters impact on corals as well as other fish species that depend on them. Other major threats to the reef include cyclones, invasive species, fishing and pollution.The inshore areas throughout the 2,300 km-long ecosystem are found to  be in poor condition. According to the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, improved land management is necessary to reduce coastal pollution and thus measure improvements in marine conditions. Learn more
Tools and Innovations 
Aqueduct Flood Analyzer: Raising awareness on flood risks and climate change impacts
This web-based interactive platform measures information on river flood impacts on urban damage, GDP, and the number of people affected by country, state and river basin scale around the world. It enables users to estimate recent flood risk as well as project future risk based on three climate and socio-economic change scenarios. Check it out
Upcoming Event 
Valuing the Environment: Putting Natural Capital into Practice

The CIWEM one day conference on October 1st 2015  is an interdisciplinary event  that gather economists, social scientists and environmental scientists to discuss progress in the natural capital and ecosystem services agenda.Learn more

Local actions: Solutions to global challenges - Initiatives of indigenous peoples in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction based on traditional knowledge

The paper captures the insights and experiences of indigenous peoples in Asia on tackling the impacts of climate change and their response towards mitigation policy measures. The extensive knowledge of indigenous peoples on ecology, adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and the affordable, real-world measures they have developed are captured in this  paper. Learn more
Green Infrastructure: Guide for Water Management

This guide presents ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects. It further discusses the general lack of awareness of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions and their cost-benefits. The examples of GI options are illustrated in the form of case studies that addresses challenges in water management as well as provide other significant mutual benefits resulting from such investments. Published in 2014, the GI guide is currently undergoing revision and updating by the lead institutions. Read more
 Job Vacancies
Individual Consultants - Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Organisation: UNDP
Location: Asia Pacific and New York
Deadline: 4 October 2015

Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor
Organisation: British Red Cross
Location: United Kingdom (London)
Deadline: 5 October 2015

International Director
Organisation: Practical Action
Location: United Kingdom
Deadline: 11 October 2015

Disaster Risk Reduction Mentor
Organisations: Anglican Board Of Mission - Australia Limited (ABM); Anglican Church of Melanesia; Anglican Overseas Aid
Location: Vanuatu (Luganville)
Deadline: 30 October 2015
For more information and other job vacancies, please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
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News Writer: Carol R.L. Alfred  
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