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Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya is home to four of the seven northern white rhino left in the world. The park is using SAPA as part of its community programme (Photo: Guy Lemal)

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With the global forum on protected areas, the World Parks Congress, just two months away, it's a good time to consider our experience with the Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) initiative
Sumba, Indonesia: A local man operates a new diesel-rice-husk-powered electricity generator. It currently serves 70 households and could serve more.  The government pays for it, contractors build it and the community runs it (Photo: Sarah Best/IIED)

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Increasing energy access and transitioning from dirty to clean energy requires capacity building – but current capacity building efforts need a makeover to be effective. So far, it seams that capacity building measures just aren’t delivering results. This blog posts some thoughts and questions about the way forward.
Heads of government will pledge action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September (Image: UN)

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It is clear that the long-term solution to climate change lies in weaning the global economy off fossil fuels and onto a cleaner and more sustainable energy pathway in every country. But it is also clear that climate change is already wreaking havoc around the globe and that, in the short term, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people need urgent support
Our new interactive visualisation plots countries’ incomes per capita against their levels of urbanisation

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Our new interactive visualisation demonstrates the dynamics of urbanisation and economic growth in different countries. The visualisation shows that countries have very different dynamics from each other, which has implications for their economic, social and even environmental prospects.
An art piece exhibited at the 2nd Fort Portal Annual Street Art Exhibition on Climate Change (Photo: Christopher Busiinge/KRRC)

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Can art communicate the impacts of climate change more effectively than facts and figures? Uganda's Kabarole Research and Resource Centre is finding out
Drought affects Xinjiang Province, a consequence of climate change (Photo: Simon Lim)

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Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change
Participants at the meeting establish how their NGO works with communities in DRC (Photo: Alessandra Guiliani/IIED)

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A new network being set up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo aims to bring organisations together on poverty and conservation issues
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

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