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14 January 2008
A major piece of news relating to biofuels was announced today. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas admitted that the EU policy to get 10 per cent of Europe's road fuels from plant-based biofuels could create problems such as rising food prices and rainforest destruction in developing nations.
11 January 2008
Kenyan slum dwellers whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed in recent violence are calling for international help to support their local peace initiatives and plans to rebuild the devastated communities.
11 December 2007
Years of tense climate-change talks ended this week with victory for the most vulnerable countries, which won a key decision at the UN conference in Bali.
4 December 2007
With forestry rising on political agendas worldwide and increasingly making international news, experts from 11 countries will meet in India this week to discuss how to make the sector work for the poor.
22 November 2007
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide US$10 million to the nongovernmental organisation Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) to support the urban poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America to take action to improve their housing, water and sanitation.
19 November 2007
The biggest study yet from unique coalition of major poverty and environment groups reveals scale of climate impacts on international work — immediate action is needed before Asia goes 'Up in Smoke'
14 November 2007
Aviation's role in climate change could be reduced easily by eliminating needless emissions and enabling consumers to make informed choices about how to travel, says a report published today.
13 November 2007
Research published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) warns that it will be much harder to 'adapt' urban areas to protect them from new and increasing risks from climate change than is currently thought.
31 October 2007
Peruvian farmers are celebrating this month’s UN decision to declare 2008 the International Year of the Potato by planting the world’s largest collection of different varieties of the crop to showcase a novel approach to conservation that benefits and respects local communities.
22 October 2007
Africa now has a larger urban population than North America and has 25 of the world's fastest growing large cities. Half of the world's urban population now lives in Asia, which also has half of the world's largest cities and fastest growing large cities.
12 October 2007
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 has been awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore.
10 October 2007
Seven major international organisations including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) have announced a multimillion-dollar partnership to address declining supplies of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water by the world's poorest people.
8 October 2007
An international workshop (Edinburgh, 1 October 2007) examined evidence of demand for new mechanisms to distinguish and thereby reward 'community' forest products in the market.
4 October 2007
Rooting a Global Forest Partnership in stakeholder capabilities and needs. A Consultation running from 1 October – 30 November 07 The World Bank is proposing a new Global Forest Partnership to bring together many organisations for greatly accelerating progress in managing forests, in ways that better meet social, environmental and economic needs. Its focus would be on joint action with developing countries.
18 September 2007
Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) is an informal alliance of in-countryteams and international partners currently active in ten countries. We try toconnect those marginalized from forest governance to those controlling it, andto help both do things better. Since 2003 we have been carrying out focusedstudies, developing tactics and tools, holding learning events, and working toeffect change. This Update describes activities over the last year, impacts todate, the state of play in participating countries, and the path ahead.
17 September 2007
The Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) has appointed a new director to lead its efforts to ensure that vulnerable nations can use international law to achieve environmental justice.
4 September 2007
What if there was a way to reduce climate change, protect wild species and improve livelihoods in developing countries?
16 August 2007
An innovative approach to managing water resources could bring social, economic and environmental benefits in developing countries, but as major new research shows, all that glitters is not gold.
11 July 2007
Devastating but preventable food crises will hit the world's poorest countries yet again because of a failure to address the root causes of the problem.
1 July 2007
On 23 July, IIED's director Camilla Toulmin and four other "ladies of not such youthful appearance" donned their wetsuits and braved the cool waters of Lake Geneva.
20 June 2007
A major region of Peru has banned genetically modified (GM) varieties of a crop that has been grown there for thousands of years and which helped to fuel the ancient Inca empire.
18 June 2007
The Ring alliance of 13 leading research organisations on 5 continents has called for a radical new approach to global policymaking that has the environment and social equity at its heart. The UK Secretaries of State for environment and international development heard the challenge today at a meeting of government officials and civil society organisations. George Varughese, representing the Ring alliance, delivered a speech after the government ministers and urged them to pursue a radically new agenda to towards genuine sustainable development.
15 June 2007
A never before seen picture of an elephant and its calf is providing encouraging evidence that a pioneering project is helping to conserve wildlife and support local livelihoods in Cambodia. The animals themselves took the photographs, when they triggered camera traps that had been set up by wildlife biologists working with local community rangers in the Mondulkiri Protected Forest in the east of the country.
8 June 2007
Climate change will dominate this year's G8 summit but the Germany hosts have chosen the summit theme to be "Climate change AND biodiversity".
30 May 2007
Hundreds of thousands of slum dwellers could paralyse air and rail links to one of Asia's most populous cities — Mumbai, India — unless they are involved in plans for their resettlement. Jockin Arputham, president of India's National Slum Dwellers Federation, outlines the threat — and the alternative, a promise of partnership — in an open letter published today on the International Institute for Environment and Development’s website.