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Issue 162 - May 30 - June 03, 2016
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
PEDRR Shoutout:
International Science-Policy Workshop: Innovating Engineering and Ecosystem-based Approaches for Disaster Risk Reduction

PEDRR will be holding a workshop on Innovating Engineering and Ecosystem-based Approaches for Disaster Risk Reduction at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany from 14-16 June 2016. The goal of the workshop is to accelerate and scale-up implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction and adaptation (Eco-DRR/CCA) in the engineering community. It will discuss developing ecological engineering standards for DRR and promoting uptake of ecological engineering in development policies and planning and in the private sector. More information.
Online Course
International Postgraduate Course on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
The Foundation for Advanced Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is running an online course on “Strategic Environmental Assessment” from 7 June – 5 August 2016 in Spanish. SEA is a planning tool that incorporates environmental aspects in development of policies, programmes or sectoral plans. The course focuses on the methodology of the SEA and practical aspects of their application. More information in Spanish.
Biodiversity underpins ecosystem services
Ecosystems provide multiple benefits to humanity, from food, clean water and flood protection to cultural heritage and a sense of place, to name but a few. However, these ‘ecosystem services’ are under severe threat. Decision makers need clear information on how biodiversity underpins ecosystem services, the demand for these services, and the pressures impairing ecosystem capacity to provide such services. Read the Report.

Cost and Benefits of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA)
This IUCN study, which was carried out with the financial support of the French Government, reviewed projects and assessed existing data from two sites in the Philippines. It highlights that undertaking economic costs and benefits of EbA options is important for decision- and policy-making purposes. In many cases, nature-based solutions provide more economic benefits than engineering solutions in the long run, especially when co-benefits are considered. Read the Report.
Call for Proposals
HORIZON 2020: Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building
At present, the wide range of sectors, disciplines and actors involved in disaster risk management are not sufficiently interlinked, which prevents efficient response planning. The project, with a budget of €8 million, will set up integrated tools for planning, preparation and intervention in disaster risks. Deadline for applications is 25 August. More information.
Featured Events
7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
“Resilient Cities 2016 – Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience  and Adaptation” will take place from 6-8 July 2016 in Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, organised by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and co-hosted with the City of Bonn. Discussion topics will include advancing Ecosystem-based Adaptation through city projects. Find out more.

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Green Infrastructure: Nature based solutions for sustainable and resilient cities
Hosted by the European Commission, the conference will be held in Orvieto, Italy, from 4-7 April 2017. It will feature keynote speakers, awards for best poster presentations, a special issue oo urban forestry and urban greening, and a field tour of the urban and peri-urban green infrastructure of Rome. Find out more here. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2016.

Job Vacancies
Organisation: Green Climate Fund
Location: Songdo, Republic of Korea
Deadline: Until filled

Consultant: End of Project Evaluation "Post Disaster Needs Assessment Roll out in Disaster Prone Countries"
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Home Based
Deadline:16 June

Events and Projects Officer
Organisation: Geneva Environment Network (GEN)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland or London, United Kingdom
Deadline: 17 June

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Deadline: 10 June

Training on community managed disaster risk reduction approach
Organisation: Veterinaires Sans Frontieres Germany
Location: Marsabit, Kenya
Deadline: 20 June

Disaster Response Capacity Development Advisor
Organisation: Canadian Red Cross
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo 
Deadline: 13 June
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News Writer: Marie-Christine Berger
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