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A riverbank settlement in Indonesia illustrates the vulnerability of residents to both flooding and pollution (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire/IIED)
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What lessons can be learned from two markedly different cases of vulnerability among urban riverbank settlements in Indonesia?
A local farmer uses manual callipers to measure a tree. Measuring trees in person can be cheaper and just as accurate (Photo: Geoff Wells)
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How can we minimise monitoring costs and make sure that money intended for local "development" ends up with the people who need it?
New Melones Lake, California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record with a state of emergency declared in January (Photo: Ben Amstutz, Flickr, via Creative Commons)
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Building on the historic agreement forged in Paris, IIED's director Andrew Norton looks at the opportunities to ensure global agreements on the need for sustainable development reach the local level
Two of the 20 questions in last year's environment and development quiz. After learning lots of lessons, we have produced another one this year... (Image: IIED)
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A Christmas quiz sounded like a fun idea for the holiday period – but there were more challenges than expected in getting last year's quiz online (warning: this blog gets technical)
Slash and burn, pictured in the Mopeia district, Zambezia province, Mozambique, has a noble motive – feeding families - but it is not sustainable (Photo: Isilda Nhantumbo/IIED)
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As a new book warns that carbon forestry in Africa is heading for failure, representing little more than "green grabbing", Isilda Nhantumbo argues that we need to urgently learn the lessons about what works and what doesn't when it comes to forest (and carbon) management
US special climate envoy Todd Stern tells journalists his views on the 'Higher Ambition Coalition'. LDC chair Giza Gaspar-Martins in second left on the panel at the press conference (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)
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The text of the Paris Agreement, finalised after four years of negotiations culiminating in COP21, represents a significant victory for the Least Developed Countries at the talks – whose specific needs and special situations are often overlooked. How did one of the smallest negotiating groups manage to make their voices heard?
An area of forest in Tanzania, where REDD+ activities have included the support of community land use planning and the provision of alternative livelihoods (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)
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While world leaders worked towards a new global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris, 51 practitioners, policymakers and researchers met at a two-day IIED workshop about REDD+ to discuss the key role forests can play in climate change mitigation
Villagers dig out a silted up water tank, paid for by India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (Photo: Mackay Savage, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)
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Policy measures to tackle poverty often overlook environmental impacts, while environmental policies do not always deliver for the poor. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require both – so how can governments combine efforts?
COP21 president Laurent Fabius (second right) and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres (second left) celebrate the Paris Agreement (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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A historic agreement on climate change in Paris must drive ambition for climate action post-2015, says IIED director Andrew Norton
A market in Fort Portal (Photo: Sister Haiti, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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An innovative research project in Fort Portal, Uganda is seeking to prevent a rise in inequality as the city modernises

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