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An image showing a group photo of CBA10 field trip group posing for a photo on a rooftop at the end of a long day during which the delegates made visits to four separate projects in Dhaka where communities are adapting to climate change (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)
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The 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation offered field trips to see how people in urban environments are taking practical steps to deal with the impacts of climate change. IIED's Matt Wright reports
An image showing local people building a house in a slum in Bolivia, where Shack Dwellers International has worked with authorities. Many Latin American cities are leading the way in working with community organisations (Photo: Shack Dwellers International, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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In the week of the urban-themed 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, we ask what is needed for this approach to succeed in urban spaces
An image of a deserted and war-torn street in Aleppo. Four years of fighting have left much of the Syrian city in ruins. The UN recently warned that up to 300,000 people could be left without food if the last flight route into eastern Aleppo is cut (Photo: Freedom House Salaheddin, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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How can humanitarian programmes improve civilian protection in war besieged cities?
The case study for Manizales, in Colombia, in a new book edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite focuses on innovative community-oriented environmental policy and a commitment to disaster risk reduction (Photo: Melissa Delzio, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Can cities prosper while meeting their responsibilities for acting on climate change? This is the focus of a new book by IPCC authors, co-edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite
Tom Pye helped redesign the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) newsletter, a monthly bulletin for people working on biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation (Image: PCLG)
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An intern looks at the lessons he has learnt during his internship with IIED
Makueni County: farmers in Kenya learn about crops for climate adaptation planning. Makueni was the first county to enact the new climate finance legislation (Photo: S.Kilungu/CCFAS, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Devolved powers are allowing communities greater access to climate finance in four counties in Kenya
Policymakers at a UN meeting in New York discuss how to end the legal 'no man's land' on 50 per cent of the Earth's surface (Photo by IISD/Francis Dejon)
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Essam Yassin Mohammed reports back from the first round of a UN preparatory meeting to create an agreement on the sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas
Elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. The blurring of fact and fiction, such as claims trophy hunting is driving declines of endangered species such as elephants, is fuelling a debate that could do more harm than good for conservation and for poor people (Photo: Amoghavarsha, via Google licence)
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Cecil the Lion's legacy now extends to princes and politicians, but shouldn't the poor also have a say
Hundreds of power-tillers from China lie unused in Ethiopia. They can be used to plow, power a water-pump, and generate electricity, but low sales were thought to be caused by a lack of technical information, showing how China's role in African agriculture must be researched (Photo: IFPRI-IMAGES, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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New research by IIED's Seth Cook, which features in the journal World Development, uses the agri-food sector in Ethiopia and Ghana to show how the role of Chinese migrants in Africa is poorly researched and understood
This barrio in Guatemala has no running water or sewers. The country receives abundant rainfall, but lacks infrastructure to deliver water to households (Photo: David Amsler, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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New accounting methods for natural resources could help governments get to the source of the problem when it comes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on access to water

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