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Local logging bosses ('patrons') attend a training session on business organisation and forest management in the remote miombo forest near Caia in Central Mozambique (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

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Conscious that speaking at a training event for Mozambican Simple License loggers required some theatrical flourish to hold attention in the sub-tropical heat, Duncan Macqueen took to the stage
A small mining operation near Garies in the Western Cape, South Africa (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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Exploration firms and junior mining companies are often the first point of contact with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and as such, they have an important voice and role to play
Construction of new homes designed with community inputs in Gorakhpur, India (Photo: Nivedita Mani and team)

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Community-led solutions to the challenges of climate change are creating more resilient city infrastructure, researchers have found
The Enhancing Equity workshop in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park brought together government officials, local residents and conservationists (Photo: Alessandra Guiliani/IIED)

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A workshop in Uganda finds that when it comes to implementing wildlife conservation, different groups have different perspectives on what is "fair" writes guest blogger Hellena Nambogwe.
The data for Chinchiná river basin water accounts will be collected in 2015. Making Colombian decision makers interested in using the data requires focused, relevant communication that responds to their priorities (Photo: Rosalind Goodrich/IIED)

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Being disciplined about focusing on what people need to know rather than what you want to tell them will lead to a more effective communications and engagement strategy that resonates with audiences.
Street food: the debate on food security must adapt to consider how consumption and urbanisation are transforming rural spaces and economies, food systems and food security (Photo: Cecilia Tacoli/IIED)

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The growing number of people living in cities – and changes in rural-urban linkages – are re-shaping our relationship with food. Policymakers need to take note
The Indonesian coastal city of Bandar Lampung is vulnerable to flooding and other climate risks. The ACCCRN programme has been working with government and community leaders to strengthen resilience (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

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As cities in Asia face up to the challenges of a changing climate, municipal authorities are finding partnerships with researchers can help inform practice and policy
The United Nations headquarters in New York City (Photo: Wally Goetz, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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Negotiations underway this week will focus on the declaration text for the Sustainable Development Goals. Jonathan Reeves suggests this is an ideal opportunity to raise global ambition – but says the signs are not good
Solar-powered irrigated water pumps such as this one in Bangladesh can help villagers cope with unreliable rainfall patterns (Photo: Neha Rai/IIED)

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The main impacts of climate change are being felt by poor families, which means that poor women and men must be at the centre of the climate change finance debate
A night view of the 193 flags of the UN Member States outside the UN Office in Geneva (Photo: United Nations Photo, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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Progress in Geneva has meant a good start to the climate negotiations on the road to Paris, with elements in the text offering the possibility of a fair deal for developing countries

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