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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.