The IIED blog

22 February 2012
Forests cover almost half of Indonesia’s surface but, because growing new tree plantations and sustainably managing forests has historically not kept pace with the country’s extensive timber proce
22 February 2012
"Land grabs" are now one of the biggest issues in Africa.
21 February 2012
A group of the world’s leading scientists and experts in sustainable development – and all past winners of the Blue Planet Prize – call
21 February 2012
There’s plenty of room at the Hotel Sri Tahjung. Any time of year… you can find it here. But if you want to stay, you’ll need a pair of wings and plenty of saliva.
14 February 2012
Find out how IIED, a Kenyan flower business and a consultant get flowers grown by smallholder Kenyan farmers onto the shelves of a UK supermarket.
8 February 2012
Palm wine, bat stew and carbon markets all made it into the same discussion in Parliament last night – likely for the first time.
4 February 2012
It might seem obvious that African farmers, who have successfully fed their families and, in turn, much of rural Africa, would be the first to be consulted on what agricultural research would benefit them. But a series of citizen juries, carried out previously in West Africa and facilitated by IIED researchers and partners, have revealed that much African agricultural research doesn’t meaningfully involve farmers or reflect their priorities.
1 February 2012
This was the hope of those planning the move, and the long-term aim in creating this new space is that it will serve to enhance IIED's ability to carry out its
30 January 2012
REDD+ aims to reward or compensate tropical developing countries for keeping their forests intact  or for reducing the scale of  deforestation. It’s predicted that financial flows to these countries from REDD+ could reach up to US$30 billion a year. So getting the issue of REDD+  benefit distribution right is crucial, not only to ensure that it is benefiting the poorest of the poor (or at least not harming them), but for building REDD+’s legitimacy both at the national and international level, which in turn will help preserve forest ecosystems.