The limits to growth on our fast-changing planet are ever more glaringly apparent. Using natural resources such as forests and freshwater fairly and sustainably has become a paramount concern for us all.
IIED's Natural Resources Group works towards that overall aim by building capacity and promoting informed decision-making in communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.Our priority is on local control and management of natural resources and other ecosystem services - such as the filtering and cleansing of water by layers of soil - and on the necessary changes needed in national and international government to make this happen. Small-scale producers and local economies play crucial roles in this process and are central to our work.
In the Natural Resources Group, as throughout IIED, the research we do challenges conventional wisdom. We use the evidence to bring change about.
The natural resources group works in three broad areas - drylands, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, and forestry. Through these it explores a number of key issues.