Could the informal economy be the route to deliver the big sustainable development ideals such as the Green Economy, Millennium Development Goals and poverty reduction strategies, given that its share is rapidly increasing and that the poor mostly operate here?
This project explores pilot economic research to support climate change adaptation in the water sector of developing countries. It also aims to build the capacity of developing country economists to contribute to action research.
Chimpanzees in Uganda are under threat as their habitat is lost to agriculture and human settlements. Central to this problem is the attitude of most farmers that chimpanzees and forest habitat conservation are a threat to their own livelihoods. IIED aims to show how an equitable and financially sustainable payment scheme can compensate local landholders for conserving and restoring forest habitats and for protecting chimpanzee populations.
This video highlights the key work chimpanzee monitors do to protect chimpanzee livelihoods in Uganda. Local communities are often blamed for forest degradation but this work supported by CSWCT highlights the role of local champions in forest conservation and reduction of human-chimpanzee conflict.
The project aims to support local institutions to set up a properly functioning and equitable forest carbon facility. This carbon facility will compensate local villagers for arresting degradation and deforestation in and around Cat Tien National Park. This protection of forests will help conserve large mammals, particularly the critically endangered Javan rhinoceros.
IIED works on a number of tourism projects that look at the forces and processes which impact and influence tourism development, to evaluate how more positive benefits can be gained to put poor people and the environment at the forefront of future tourism development.
The Green Economy Coalition brings together environment,development, trade union, consumer and business sectors, North and South. The GEC is committed to a common cause: accelerating a transition to a new green economy.
Payments for environmental services (also known as payments for ecosystem services or PES), are payments to farmers or landowners who have agreed to take certain actions to manage their land or watersheds to provide an ecological service.
The Environmental Economics Programme together with SouthSouthNorth prepared a carbon finance toolkit for the Community Development Carbon Fund of the World Bank. This is aimed at multiple audiences including Task Team Leaders, Local Government and local communities to help them better understand carbon finance and the potential for incorporating carbon finance into community development projects.