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Issue 242 - January 23 - 26, 2018
Newsletter on ecosystems-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Video of the Week
Building Resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area 
In response to climate change, the City of San Francisco in the United States is investing in Eco-DRR by restoring acres of natural creeks. This will increase city resilience to hazards such as drought and flooding. Conceptualizing the Bay area as a social ecosystem will allow for a combination of various grey techniques and green infrastructure. Watch the video to learn more. 
Using Green Infrastructure to Combat Post-Fire Landscapes
To address the vulnerability of communities to wildfires in Southern California in the U.S, green infrastructure for storm water management is being used to alleviate floods, mudslides, and other problems that occur in post-fire landscapes. Additionally, vegetated stream buffers and constructed wetlands have been proven to reduce pollutants that can contaminate waterways and contribute to biodiversity. Read more here. 
Project Insights
Cuba’s 100 Year Plan to Protect Itself from Climate Change
Prompted by the devastating hurricane season in 2017, Cuba has developed a plan to protect the country from the impacts of climate change over the next century. Project Life addresses people's vulnerabilities to disasters by relocating them away from areas which would be affected by rising sea levels, restoring degraded habitats, and shifting crop production away from salt-water contaminated areas. Read more about Project Life here.
  Featured Publications
Strategies to Protect Coastal Communities against Increased Flooding
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the U.S. has released a report which provides strategies which coastal communities can implement to reduce the impacts of flooding linked to rising sea levels. This report was designed to evaluate the state’s current rules for designating development centers along the coast, and outlines suggestions, such as restoring marshes and wetlands, for improving its resilience to rising sea levels. Read more here.
New Publication on Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Publisehd by the Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection,  this report discusses the concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and practices that are currently being implemented around the world. It provides comparative, cost benefit analyses between EbA projects and the combination of green and grey infrastructures. This study seeks to influence the integration of EbA strategies in public policies of Brazil, and in particular inform the national climate change adaptation strategy. Read the full paper here.   
Upcoming Events
The International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society
From 8 – 11 May 2018, The International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society will take place in Djerba Island, Tunisia. This conference will bring together leading experts, policymakers and organizations to promote cooperation and share the latest developments, approaches, and technologies in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The conference will focus on water, environmental, energy, and societal challenges facing our planet. Interested participants are required to send abstracts with a maximum of 200 words. To register for this conference, read more here.
Job Vacancies
Public Information Officer, P3
Organization: UN Environment
Location: Nairobi             
Closing Date: January 27, 2018
DRR Mainstreaming Coordinator
Organization: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing Date: 22 January 2018

For more information please see PEDRR's LinkedIn.
Staff Assistant
Organization: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat
Location: Brussels
Closing Date: 8 February 2018
Hazard and Risk Analyst
Organization: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Closing Date: 31 January 2018
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News Writer: Stephen Lee
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