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A family guards their crops from wild animals on the boundary of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Photo: Mariel Harrison)

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Poverty threatens wildlife conservation despite widespread efforts to integrate conservation and development so that local communities benefit. So what's going wrong? Our research suggests it's social justice that's missing.
Extreme events like forest fires, droughts and storms threaten sustainable development. (Photo: Global Water Partnership)

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How did climate change rise up the agenda of the UK's environment and development agencies? Oxfam's John Magrath reflects on the 'Up in Smoke' coalition and its reports
Policy-makers discussing, reflecting, learning and building skills and capacities for climate adaptation at village-level. All key social learning activities. (Photo: E. van de Grift)

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A social learning event held in June featured case studies from across the world. Participants agreed to further strengthen and more thoroughly evaluate the social learning aspects of their work
Captain Benjamin Kalimutima Lulimba finds the skull of an elephant recently killed by poachers who ripped out its tusks. Province Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Photo: Matchbox Media Collective)

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A new project will explore the different reasons people commit wildlife crimes and suggest ways governments can respond without harming the poorest communities
Solar phone charging on a Ugandan island shows even isolated areas in Africa are getting connected by mobile phones and creating demand for energy (Photo: futureatlas.com/blog/)

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What will it take to deliver modern energy services to the poor – particularly those in rural Africa who need decentralised energy? What are the barriers to transformative change and what opportunities should be seized today?
Poultry farming is part of the sustainable agriculture system, along with crop production and fisheries, at Songhai Centre, in Porto Novo, Benin (Photo: Mark Surman via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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How can Least Developed Countries (LDCs) progress so they are no longer held back by extreme poverty? A conference next week in Cotonou, Benin, will address this issue, bringing together ministers and experts from LDCs, along with UN representatives and development experts.
Weighing sacks of coffee beans in Colombia's southwestern Cauca department (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT)

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Conservation Trust Funds provide sustainable financing for long-term conservation. Guest blogger Ann Marie Steffa Avila looks at the work of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC) in supporting grass roots projects. She explains how the funds operate and looks at a project to fund six ecotourism organisations
Rains in Dlonguebougou begin with huge duststorm, big wind, howling, dust then darkness. Then heavy rain (Photo: Camilla Toulmin/IIED)

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Over the past three decades IIED director Camilla Toulmin has visited Dlonguebougou, a village in drought-prone central Mali, every two to three years. She charts the changes she has seen
Meceburi Forest, near Nampula, Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

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Does the zero draft of the Sustainable Development Goals take enough note of the crucial interdependencies between goal areas?

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