Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the poorest countries in the world. A number of criteria determine this status. As of May 2009, LDCs number 50. Roughly 65 per cent are in Africa; a number of others are known as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many SIDS are low-lying and located in parts of the world already prone to extreme weather events, factors that make them highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and fiercer and more frequent tropical storms.
The conservation of forests in countries like Suriname with high forest cover and low deforestation rates is not a priority for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Yet forest people suffer enormously from the effects of climate change.
The April 2009 issue of Environment and Urbanization is on the theme of City Governance and Citizen Action. It includes an editorial and several papers discussing the roles of mayors and civil servants in addressing urban poverty.
Interview with IIED's Dr Saleemul Huq on what the upcoming negotiations mean for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), what funding options for adaptation will look like with the advent of the global economic recession, why media coverage from a LDC perspective is so crucial and what we can expect to see from the big hitters at the climate conference in Copenhagen.
This paper synthesizes the findings of a study carried out to explore opportunities for sustainable development in East Africa. It is based on a survey of nearly 200 leaders in environment and development in Ethiopia., Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as international experts, and uses their views and recommendations as a foundation to suggest priorities for action towards sustainable development in East Africa.
In February 2007, ahead of the Nyéléni Forum for Food Sovereignty, IIED and its partners from India, Indonesia, Iran and Peru facilitated a preparatory workshop for farmers from Mali and neighbouring countries.
This is a briefing series to support our work on direct investment and sustainable development. These briefings provide accessible but accurate information for human rights, development and environmental organisations working on issues raised by foreign investment in low- and middle-income countries.
Not enough is known about practical and effective ways of addressing children's interests within urban development. Their concerns are rarely taken into account in most planning decisions, community development projects or housing and neighbourhood upgrading schemes.
This project aims to conserve threatened biodiversity in the Bi Doup Nui Ba National Park in Vietnam through the introduction of collaborative forest and wildlife stewardship models based on negotiated tenure and access rights.
Dharavi is a place where worlds collide. One of Asia’s biggest slums, it is also an urban powerhouse of micro-entrepreneurism generating over half a billion dollars a year. As IIED director Camilla Toulmin walked its lanes, she found people facing an uncertain future with humour and hope intact.
Water was a Dream is a film describing IIED-America Latina's involvement in the improvement of water supply and sanitation services in three low-income urban settlements of Buenos Aires. It illustrates the challenges and strategies, and examines the key issues related to working in collaboration, using information as a driver for change, finance mechanisms, and scaling up.