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High-tech trawlers in the Faroe Islands. Ninety-five per cent of this tiny nation's exports is made up of fish (Photo: antonalfred, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in place, but are policy makers ready and willing to bite? Dave Steinbach explains why now is the time to move from intent to action – and outlines a new approach on how to deliver SDG 14.
The Potato Park’s Craft micro-enterprise group. Biocultural heritage indicators that are a guarantee of origin and authenticity have increased incomes and improved social cohesion at the Potato Park (Photo: Asociacion ANDES (Peru))
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Our survey found broad support for a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products. Now we need to get a pilot project off the ground
Farmers analyse local maize varieties in the Karst mountains, Southwest China. IIED's work includes participatory plant breeding and community supported agriculture (Photo: IIED)
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Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is gaining traction as a way to help manage the threats of climate change. But for the policy community to realise EbA's real potential as a viable response for climate vulnerable communities, we need to plug knowledge gaps on how it works, when and why
Miombo woodlands in Southeast Tanzania. But can remote sensing technologies accurately detect the woodlands (Photo: Samuel Bowers)
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A recent study by the University of Edinburgh and IIED reveals the limitations of remote sensing technology to monitor the impacts of agriculture expansion on forests in Sub-Saharan Africa
What lies in store for the Earth in 2017? (Photo: Charles Strebor, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum?
A black swan (Photo: Pete Jordan, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Southern civil society organisations increasingly face numerous disruptive forces and are often effective sources of necessary disruption themselves. Halina Ward and Tom Bigg explore how funders can support these organisations in ever more uncertain times

The cover of Vision 2030 Jamaica
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Countries with a strong sustainable development planning framework are finding that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) work best as a political motivator for domestic action, rather than as a literal set of targets. Tighe Geoghegan explains the political case for SDGs from a Jamaican perspective
Understanding disruptive change is vital for Southern civil society organisations, and organisations such as IIED can help partners (Image: IIED)
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Getting good at disruption has become a key challenge for Southern civil society organisations (CSOs) – and it's very different from the methods taught by business leaders. A three-day retreat at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center explored what it takes for Southern CSOs to get good at disruption

Forest farmer representatives from eight Southeast Asian countries exchange experiences with one of the branches of Tree Bank Foundation in Central Thailand (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)
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As part of a recent meeting in Bangkok, forest and farm producers heard about initiatives that add value to forest products and motivate farmers to plant trees – particularly significant in light of progressive ideas on sustainability championed by Thailand's late king
Financiers, decision makers, practitioners and researchers from across the globe gathered to share lessons and their experience in channelling finance to local levels (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)
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At an IIED-hosted event, financiers, decision makers, practitioners and researchers tackled three key questions on how to get climate finance to where it's needed most

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