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Francisco Sagasti (Photo: CADE Peru via Flickr)

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On Monday 1 December, the UN Climate Change Conference 2014 kicks off in Lima. Peruvian IIED board member Francisco Sagasti discusses his hopes for a successful conference
Fishermen hauling in nets near the Kenyan coastal town of Shimoni (Photo: Anna Kika via Flickr)

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Payments to encourage the conservation of important natural resources are being used to protect forests, but can they also play a role in restoring depleted fisheries?
Market Analysis and Development training course participants (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

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In Bolivia, the state is providing support to encourage community organisations to trial innovative new business models that challenge free market norms. Could such new ways of doing business also deliver greater benefits for the planet?
Introducing improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda has transformed beans from a subsistence crop into a cash crop (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Flickr)

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Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bangladesh are developing their national low carbon climate resilient strategies. The public policy team within the Climate Change Group at IIED have just finished 18 months of research into these planning processes. The research helped clarify what is motivating countries to become more climate resilient. It also highlighted some ways these processes could be better supported and brought together.
A community sanitation facility in Jinja, Uganda (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

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On World Toilet Day on 19 November, our photoblog details the work of IIED and its partners to tackle the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation
A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, takes a break from digging irrigation channels. Climate change in the form of higher temperatures and less rain is expected to have a big impact on Central American crops and farmers, and decision-makers need information on climate change adaptation (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Creative Commons)

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Britain says it will donate 'strongly' at this week’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledging meeting. But there are arguments within the board on how countries can access and spend the fund
Inspiring climate leaders, such as UNECA's Fatima Denton, are needed for Africa to tackle climate change (Photo: UNECA)

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As last month's fourth conference on Climate Change and Development showed, Africa will need strong leaders such as Fatima Denton – who will deliver IIED's 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture on Thursday – to tackle the issues of climate change
The sun glints on smoke above Beijing. China is on course to see overall coal consumption peak this year (Photo; GadgetDan via Creative Commons)

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Coal companies are in complete denial — the developing world doesn't need more pollution or expensive new grids, but renewable energy sources
Northern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

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Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland
Lake Bogoria is home to one of the world's largest populations of Flamingos. It has been a protected reserve since 1973. The lake area was the traditional home of the Endorois people, who were forced to leave the area in the 1970s (Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais/IUCN)

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Human injustices in the name of nature conservation have to become a relic of the past. It's time to get serious about human rights at the World Park Congress

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