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This page will feature the latest updates on the NBSAPs 2.0 Mainstreaming biodiversity and development project, which follows four countries as they update their national plans to integrate biodiversity into mainstream development strategies
Participants in the gender and environmental change workshop discuss REDD+ (Photo: Lucile Robinson/IIED)

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From 17-18 March, IIED hosted a workshop to identify a future agenda for research action on gender and environmental change. Here are some of the highlights
Participants at IIED's Innovations for equity in smallholder payments for ecosystem services conference at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh (Photo: Kate Wilson)

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On March 21, IIED hosted a conference that aimed to explore the latest thinking on how to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive
Pavan Sukhdev makes a Critical Theme presentation to IIED staff (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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The importance of meaningful stakeholder reporting was the subject of a presentation by Pavan Sukhdev at the International Institute for Environment and Development this week
Re-Define Managing Director Sony Kapoor, pictured giving a slightly larger presentation, recently delivered a Critical Theme lecture to IIED staff (Photo: Zero Emission Resource Organisation via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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As part of efforts to explore new ideas and widen the knowledge of its staff, the International Institute for Environment and Development has launched a new series of talks by visiting experts.
IIED staff and partners gather to give feedback to planned presentations (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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From 24-28 February, members of the International Institute for Environment and Development communications department organised a series of sessions to explore common themes with partners in Kenya and Ethiopia. Here are some highlights
Jockin Arputham, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, gives HRH Prince Charles an insight into urban development issues and a tour of Dharavi (Photo: SPARC)

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Jockin Arputham and Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the largest urban slum dweller movement in the world, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Riverside settlements in Can Tho, Vietnam, are at risk from flooding (Photo: Diane Archer/IIED)

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The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is an eight-year, multi-country initiative, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which seeks to build the capacity of stakeholders in cities to plan for and implement actions to increase their resilience to climate change
The Millennium Development Goals. Image: US Mission Geneva

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The Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015 and a new agenda will take their place. What is IIED’s vision on the goals and what are we doing to shape them?
Small-scale miners dry ores in the process of gold mining in Geita, Tanzania (Photo: John Louis/Investing In Gold via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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IIED is planning a five-year knowledge programme for the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Our goal is to create a policy environment that supports more secure, dignified livelihoods for miners, that helps to empower them, that promotes collaboration within the sector, and that addresses other social and environmental challenges. The programme's core components will be country learning groups; multi-stakeholder dialogues on contentious issues; an online ASM resource centre and virtual network; and global policy engagement and communications.
IFRC-CIFOR side-event at COP 19: 'Linking Adaptation and Mitigation to Address Multiple Risks'. (Photo: Mariusz Patalan/IFRC-Climate Centre)

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The full programme of IIED activity at COP19 this November, including video blog updates.
Annual Report 2012/13: sharing learning for change

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Learning is at the heart of IIED's work: we place value on building our knowledge, creating the space to test out in practice what we have learnt and finding ways to bring people together to share ideas and experiences.
Small-scale farmer in Tanzania. Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

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Known as ‘land grabs’ in the media, large-scale land-based investments have generated much international debate. Some commentators have welcomed the new livelihood opportunities investment may bring to lower-income countries. Others have raised concerns about negative social impacts, including loss of local rights to land, water and other natural resources; threats to local food security; and the risk that large-scale investments marginalise family farmers.
A REDD strategy team talk to farmer Nimale Maribu at the Meceburi Forest Reserve, Mozambique. Photo: Mike Goldwater

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IIED has been helping to facilitate the REDD+ process, a process which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests, in Mozambique since 2009.
Collecting water from a solar-based purification system supplied by CAFOD. Chila Union, Mongla District, Bangladesh. Photo: Photo: Paula Nyunt / CAFOD

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Access to modern, safe, affordable and sustainable energy is increasingly recognised as crucial for development. Designing the delivery of energy services that can meet the needs and wants of end-users, in particular those of men and women living in poverty, is a complex task that requires a range of skills (technical, managerial and financial) and cooperation between multiple stakeholders. Equally, scaling up services successfully requires adapting delivery models to different local contexts rather than simple replication or a “one size fits all” approach.
Lush forests in Ghana – one of the focus countries where REDD+ is relatively new. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

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IIED is looking at how REDD+, a scheme which aims to compensate developing countries to reduce carbon emissions and conserve and sustainably manage their forests, can be designed at international, national and local levels to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty, as well as reduce deforestation and forest degradation.
Women discuss forest management at a Community Forest User Group meeting in Nepal. Photo: WOCAN

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Women from poor, forest-dependent communities play a key role in the management of forests, and yet they are frequently marginalised from decision-making in communities. This is a problem as gender equity is essential for tackling more sustainable forest management, and to achieving the aims of REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries.
Isilda Nhantumbo, Bright Sibale, and Duncan Macqueen exchange ideas at a Forest Governance Learning Group Learning Event in Mozambique. Photo: Leianne Rolington

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IIED is working with partners to understand and document the scale of private sector engagement with REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries. We are doing this by developing a series of national-level case studies and a global database.

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