UNESCAP's Committee on Disaster Reduction Convenes [viewed]

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25 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) opened on 25 March 2009, and will conclude on 27 March. Noting that Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region, participants underscored the importance of cooperation among governments in the region for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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ICRISAT Research Provides Innovations for Adaptation of Dryland Agriculture [viewed]

25 March 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, has released research results and innovations for the adaptation of dryland agriculture to the impacts of climate change. The press release states that yield loss due to climate change can be minimized through the use of adapted and improved crop varieties together with soil and water management innovations. These strategies can be supported through capacity building and development of improved varieties and hybrids that are better targeted for climate change adaptation.

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WMO Announces Symposium on International Polar Year [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

25 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation will co-host a symposium that highlights the early accomplishments of the International Polar Year.

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UNFCCC Expert Meeting Considers Referencing Emissions for REDD [viewed]

25 March 2009: The UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Methodological Issues Relating to Reference Emission Levels and Reference Levels took place from 23-24 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, as part of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice's programme of work on methodological issues. 

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IEA Bioenergy Organizing Workshop on Land Use Changes Due to Bioenergy [viewed]

25 March 2009: IEA Bioenergy, an international collaborative research programme on bioenergy created by the International Energy Agency (IEA), is organizing a workshop titled “Land Use Changes Due to Bioenergy: Quantifying and Managing Climate Change and other Environmental Impacts.” The Workshop will convene from 30 March-1 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will address the magnitude and methods for assessment of direct and indirect land use changes (LUC), and drivers of indirect LUC and mechanisms for their management.

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UNECE's 63rd Session to Address Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold its 63rd session from 30 March-1 April 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and is scheduled to address economic development in the region, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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ILO Study Calls for Paving the Way to a Green Economy [viewed]

March 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released “The Financial and Economic Crisis: A Decent Work Response,” which examines current rescue efforts in 32 countries, including all members of the G20, and notes that demographic projections suggest that nearly 90 million net new jobs would be needed over 2009-2010 to absorb new entrants in the labor market and avoid a prolonged jobs gap. The study calls for enhanced cooperation among key international organizations and a reprioritization between these goals, to, inter alia: pave the way for a green economy; and enhance the Green Jobs agenda, considering that green technologies tend to be more job-rich than their carbon-intensive counterparts.

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ASEM to Hold First Ministerial Conference on Energy Security [viewed]

March 2009: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 27 EU member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat, is organizing the First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security, to be held from 17-18 June 2009, in Brussels, Belgium.

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UNFCCC Posts Norwegian Document to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

24 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a new document to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action).

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GEF Announces Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

23 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP), implemented by the UN Environment Programme, which aims to provide a solution to the problems related to measuring terrestrial carbon, particularly on complex landscapes.

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