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10 March 2009: In a press release, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underscored that investing in sustainable forest management could create ten million new “green jobs,” thereby reducing poverty and protecting the environment by contributing to climate change mitigation.
1 March 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the February 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.
March 2009: A report of the integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (iAOOS) for 2008 has been prepared by the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board, one of the two supporting organizations of the system.
March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a report titled “A New Climate for Forests: GEF Action on Sustainable Forest Management.” This report reviews: the GEF's work on sustainable forest management (SFM); projects and programmes related to SFM in the GEF's current portfolio; and potential roles for promotion of SMF through the GEF in the post-2012 climate regime.
CIAT Adopts “Strategic Directions” as Framework for Eco-Efficient Agriculture to Improve Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]
March 2009: The Board of Trustees of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Research (CGIAR), has approved CIAT's new “Strategic Directions” as a framework for future work towards “eco-efficient” agriculture at the service of the poor of Latin America and the tropical world. CIAT's vision of eco-efficient agriculture centers on the efficient use of resources to enhance the productivity, competitiveness, resilience, sustainability, fairness and equity of agricultural production, as a strategy to respond to the challenges of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and climate change.
9 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional annotated agendas for the 30th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2009/1), which will convene from 1-12 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.
6 March 2009: Speaking at the noon press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Yvo de Boer reported on his recent meetings with high-level US officials in Washington, DC, US. The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC said he had been “very encouraged” by his meetings with representatives of both Houses of Congress on the prospects for the passage of climate change legislation, as well as with senior Cabinet members. He pointed to Congress' support to set up a US cap-and-trade scheme and to provide financial support to developing countries to make the transition to a low-carbon pathway.
5 March 2009: Lord Nicholas Stern and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) hosted a seminar on “Development in a More Hostile Climate” during which country-level studies of the economic impact of climate change in Brazil, Mexico and South East Asia were presented.
UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee Considering Impact of Economic Crisis on Tourism Industry [viewed]
5 March 2009: The UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Tourism Resilience Committee (TRC) is a platform for information and best practice sharing regarding the current economic downturn and its impact on the tourism sector.