IIED's best of 2014: publications
In case you missed them, here are IIED's 10 most downloaded publications from 2014, with links to related blog posts and press releases.
Sustainable Development Goals: a forest module for a transformative agenda
The elephant in the room: sustainable use in the illegal wildlife trade debate
As UK Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to host an international conference to tackle the booming illegal transnational trade in wildlife, IIED experts welcomed the new push to address this enduring problem but warned that efforts could fail without appropriate incentives for local people's involvement.
This report urges policymakers to combine law enforcement and efforts to reduce demand with incentives that encourage poor communities to use wildlife in a sustainable and well regulated way.
Fisheries and the post-2015 development agenda
Building resilience to environmental change by transforming gender relations
This report, which stemmed from an IIED workshop on integrating gender into environment and development work, highlighted how measures were needed to correct the inherent causes of gender inequality in order to be truly transformative.
Understanding key positions of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in climate change negotiations
Ecosystem- and community-based adaptation: learning from natural resource management
As ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) and its sister, community-based adaptation (CBA), have gained traction in recent years, policymakers and planners are increasingly promoting an integrated approach.
This could potentially benefit the world's poorest people who are worst hit by climate change and who are also disproportionately reliant on ecosystems and their services. The report describes key lessons from community-based natural resource management that EBA and CBA should address as they mature. Download the report.
Know Your City: community profiling of informal settlements
Battle-scarred forest governance tactics
Wise global prescriptions for managing forests abound. But we cannot combat illegal logging or deforestation-driven emissions with international analysis or diktat alone. IIED''s Forest Governance Learning Group, working on the ground for over a decade, has helped drive progress in 10 countries — from recognition of community resource rights to reforestation-boosting small enterprises. This report provides a set of 'battle-proven' tactics that anyone can use.
Securing social justice in the green economy
Agricultural commercialisation contracts: concessions over people?
Recent and expected changes in global agricultural commodity prices have fostered a renewed business interest in tropical agriculture.
Agricultural commercialisation concessions (ACCs) – contracts between governments and agribusiness allowing the company to supply inputs, purchase farm produce and sometimes run processing operations and/or provide storage, marketing and distribution services in a given geographical area – can have far-reaching repercussions for sustainable development in recipient countries.
They could provide new livelihood opportunities, but there are concerns ACCs are concluded with little consultation and grant companies monopoly rights. Although most contracts are not publicly available and confidentiality restrictions apply, this report discusses some of the issues at stake with the aim of promoting awareness and public debate. Download the report and see IIED's recently expanded legal tools website area.