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Issue 197 - February 13 - 17, 2017
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation

New Publication
Delivery of ecosystem services by urban forests

The UK Forestry Commission looks at a broad range of urban forest-based ecosystem services to help policymakers and urban forest practitioners use forests to build resilient societies. Access the full report for more information.
Online Training
E-learning course "Resilience Action Planning - Implementing the Sendai Framework at the Local Level"
Starting on 27 February, this E-learning course developed by UNITAR and UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute, aims to strengthen the capacities of local government officials and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience. Deadline for registration is 23 February. For more information, access the course’s page in English or in Spanish.
Project Insight
Green Infrastructure Plan Fuels Smarter Growth in Richland County
Following a devastating storm in Richland County, South Carolina, in the United States, data science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used to map critical resources for each community. This tool makes it possible to prioritize natural features and roll out a plan that protects, restores, and connects the landscapes. To learn more, access the article.
Resilience Challenge Initiative launched in New Zealand
The Resilience Challenge has been launched by the Government of New Zealand to develop and apply new scientific solutions to transform the country’s response, recovery and “bounce-back” strategies. It aims to build new knowledge and tools that underpin broad-spectrum resilience in different landscapes. To learn more, access the website, with science programmes, news and more.
Upcoming Events
Resilient Cities 2017 - 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation 4-6 May, 2017
Registration for the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, hosted in Bonn, Germany, is open until 10 March. The Forum will cover key resilience topics including ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction. To learn more access the website and the themes for the call of contributions.

Workshop on scaling up nature-based flood risk reduction
The World Bank, Deltares, UNDP and Ecoshape are organizing a two-day workshop with focus on producing guidelines for the effective implementation of green and hybrid solutions to reduce flood risk in urban, riverine and coastal landscapes. The event will take place on 11-12 April 2017 in Delft, the Netherlands. For more information and registration, please send an e-mail to
Featured Video
Animated video to educate public about the need for green infrastructure

This educational video produced by University of Georgia and Georgia Sea Grant shows the importance of green infrastructure and stormwater management through the benefits of ecosystem services. Learn more and watch the video here
Wetland communities help reduce disaster impacts
Local communities and indigenous people play an important role in maintaining wetlands as natural infrastructure for disaster risk reduction. Case studies on peatlands and mangrove restoration from Indonesia, Senegal and Philippines are highlighted. Read the full article here.
Job Vacancies
Coordonnateur Pilier Résilience et Adaptation aux Changements Climatiques
Organization: CARE Canada
Location: Ndjamena, Chad
Closing Date:
26 February 2017

Project Specialist, Environmental Initiatives
Organization: World Economic Forum
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 28 February 2017
For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn Group and PEDRR Facebook Page
Supporting Green Economy Research
Organization: UN Environment/ Economy and Trade Branch
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date:
06 March 2017
Programme Manager, Disaster Management
Organization: Swedish Red Cross
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing Date: 24 February 2017

Chief of Party for Central America, Regional Biodiversity Project
Organization: Winrock International
Location: El Salvador
Closing Date: 01 March 2017
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News Writer: Natalia T. D'Alessandro  
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