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  • Head and shoulders photos of five people alongside the words 'podcast 19' and "Make Change Happen".

    A spur to action – getting money to the local level for nature and climate: Make Change Happen podcast episode 19

    At COP26, political leaders called for more action to address biodiversity loss and climate change together. In this episode of Make Change Happen, we discuss how this must be financed and the possible mechanisms for spurring actions on the ground

    21 September 2022 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Tank truck driving along a road between fields of yellow flowers

    Responses to Putin’s war risk impeding international cooperation on climate

    Indonesia is reluctant to exclude Russia from this year's G20 summit, which could turn a climate forum into a political theatre

    28 March 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cranes tower over the construction of a dam, with a body of water in the foreground

    Chinese hydropower starting to adopt social and environmental safeguarding norms, but with limitations

    China has a leading role in building large hydropower dams in developing nations, partly in the name of sustainable development. New research examines Chinese investments in the least developed countries – the practices of hydropower companies and their financiers, and what drives social and environmental safeguarding practices

    17 March 2022 | News | Biodiversity
  • Man wearing traditional clothing holds a plate with potatoes.

    Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and COVID-19

    In the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous

    19 August 2021 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Aerial view of Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

    China, ecological civilisation, and green economy vision: 2021 and beyond

    This IIED Debates event on Monday, 1 March explored the role of ‘eco-civilisation’ in China’s environmental leadership and what is required for China to become a global force for green economic transition in 2021 and beyond

    16 February 2021 | Event | Biodiversity
  • two women with a big basket of corn

    Working with nature to build back better from COVID-19: inspirations from farmers in China

    Yufen Chuang and Xiaoting Hou Jones reflect on why working with nature to adapt to climate change can offer valuable lessons on how to build back better from COVID-19

    23 June 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • An elderly woman in a field holds crops in the air with both hands

    Indigenous food systems, biocultural heritage and agricultural resilience

    IIED is working with partners in the UK, China, India and Kenya to establish a new partnership and network for interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems. The aim is to link humanities academics, agriculture researchers and indigenous peoples to design new interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems past and present, from farm to plate, and enhance evidence on the role of indigenous crops in agricultural resilience

    6 April 2020 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A solar panel outside a rural house on stilts

    Critical theme: Can China help build a global eco-civilisation?

    China's role in global governance is growing. This increased engagement has important implications for global climate and biodiversity issues – and how they may play out at the local level. On 25 September 2019, IIED and chinadialogue hosted a critical theme to discuss China’s institution-building, and challenges and opportunities in global green governance

    16 August 2019 | Event | Governance
  • An African man makes a speech in front of a banner in Chinese

    Our previous work on China

    IIED has worked extensively in China over the past decade as part of its strategy. This page lists some of the institute's older work

    1 August 2019 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Three men look out over a pond

    China in the world

    IIED’s 'China in the world' programme of work focuses on the sustainable development challenges and opportunities of its overseas aid, trade and investments

    1 August 2019 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A man stands on a cut down tree amid a landscape of timber

    China’s investments, Africa’s forests: from raw deals to mutual gains?

    The grand-scale Belt and Road Initiative is driving ever greater Chinese investment in Africa’s forests. But will the benefits of this ‘development’ reach local people? And will it be sustainable? A recent IIED project in Cameroon highlights both the potential and the pitfalls of surging investment.

    19 June 2019 | Blog | Forests
  • Workshop participants displayed and exchanged seeds from different parts of the world (Image: Yiching Song/Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy)

    New film shows Chinese mountain communities protecting biocultural heritage

    A new film tells stories from inhabitants of the Stone Village in China, home to 220 Naxi ethnic families and a living example of the value of conserving biocultural heritage

    14 March 2017 | News | Biodiversity
  • The Stone Village Seed Park lies in the Himalayan foothills of Yunnan, Southwest China. It is the homeland of the ethnic minority Naxi people. 

    Biocultural heritage territories film now in Spanish

    A visually stunning photofilm that profiles three biocultural heritage terriritories and their role in biodiversity conservation and locally determined development is now available in Spanish. Biocultural heritage territories protect indigenous and traditional land tenure and use land management to preserve fragile ecosystems and promote locally determined patterns of development

    30 August 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Hundreds of power-tillers from China lie unused in Ethiopia. They can be used to plow, power a water-pump, and generate electricity, but low sales were thought to be caused by a lack of technical information, showing how China's role in African agriculture must be researched (Photo: IFPRI-IMAGES, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems

    New research by IIED's Seth Cook, which features in the journal World Development, uses the agri-food sector in Ethiopia and Ghana to show how the role of Chinese migrants in Africa is poorly researched and understood

    6 April 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks to China counterpart Xi Jinping at the FOCAC summit in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2015. China is increasingly influential in Africa (Photo: GCIS/GovernmentZA, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    CSR practices of Chinese businesses in the global South

    Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role

    31 March 2016 | Blog | Governance
  • Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Nurturing the shoots of China's sustainable agriculture

    A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system

    23 March 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A forest near Ngon village, Ebolowa district, in Cameroon, which will host an event to bring together Chinese, African and international stakeholders to discuss trade and investment impacting Africa's forests (Photo: Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    China-Africa forest governance strengthened with Cameroon event

    An innovative multi-stakeholder event discussing Chinese trade and investment impacting Africa's forests will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 22-25 June

    19 June 2015 | News | Forests
  • Wang Zhi, assistant production manager of Jiamusi Zhongheng Thermoelectric Ltd, which was built in 1999 to provide 1.75 million GJ annually for Dalkia with an annual coal consumption of 350,000 tons (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The flipside of China's shift away from coal

    China is quickly reducing its coal use, leading to lower emissions and less air pollution. Maarten Akkerman explores how this shift could adversely impact Vietnam and other countries

    16 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Chinese timber business in Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa trade and investment: benefiting Africa's rural informal economy?

    Understanding Africa's informal economy – where people work with/for small-scale Chinese businesses – is critical for assessing China's impact and making policy for the rural poor

    31 March 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • A farmer in a buckwheat field close to harvest time in Gansu Province, China. The country's agriculture is currently facing major environmental challenges (Photo: Han Jianping)

    Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

    The environmental impacts of China's agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China

    26 March 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Chronic air pollution is part of everyday life for many people in China. This photo shows Anyang, the most northern city of China's Henan province (Photo: V.T. Polywoda, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Critical theme: China pollution, social media and politics

    Our March Critical Theme seminar looked at the environmental and political issues raised by raised by the film "Under the Dome", made by one of China's leading investigative journalists, Chai Jing.

    18 March 2015 | Event | Communication
  • Images of indigenous biocultural heritage territories are profiled in a new photofilm (Photo: IIED)

    New photofilm profiles biocultural heritage territories

    IIED has released a new photofilm profiling indigenous biocultural heritage territories and the role they play in development, conservation and adaptation

    11 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • The timber depot of Green Timber, a Chinese-owned timber concession that are licensed to operate in Nampula and Zambezia provinces, Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa Forest Governance project

    Improving evidence, capacity and joint action for sustainable Chinese investment in Africa's forests

    22 September 2014 | Project | Forests
  • Our new interactive visualisation plots countries’ incomes per capita against their levels of urbanisation

    Let's see what the BRICS teach us about urbanisation and economic growth

    Our new interactive visualisation demonstrates the dynamics of urbanisation and economic growth in different countries. The visualisation shows that countries have very different dynamics from each other, which has implications for their economic, social and even environmental prospects.

    16 September 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Local sheep varieties in the Potato Park, Peru, where an agreement was recently forged to share indigenous crop varieties and knowledge about how to grow them in different climates and landscapes (Photo: IIED)

    Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

    In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change

    8 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A Chinese journalist interviews fellow journalists in Kenya (Photo: YiDe Media)

    China-Africa relations: Fresh perspectives from Chinese journalists on environmental challenges

    By increasing Chinese reporting on Africa, its public can learn about the environmental and development challenges associated with Chinese investment and consumption decisions

    2 May 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • A line of Christmas trees. Photo: Brett Flanders (Creative Commons

    Sustainable development requires an infusion of love

    Next year, new Sustainable Development Goals will set our trajectory into an increasingly uncertain future. But country delegations are arguing over the wrong thing

    20 December 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • The platform launch brought together high-level African and Chinese officials, policymakers, researchers and forestry experts (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Platform set for China-Africa forest governance action

    A new partnership builds bridges between African and Chinese stakeholders to strengthen governance of forests.

    9 December 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Countryside in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Photo: Duncan Macqueen

    Strength in numbers: the promise of forest producer organisations

    Organisations of forest farmers have much to offer society — if they get the support they need from governments, donors, the private sector and NGOs.

    28 November 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Two men sat behind a desk chat to one another, with the Forest Governance Learning Group logo in the background

    Forest Governance Learning Group

    The Forest Governance Learning Group aims to connect forest-dependent people who are marginalised from forest governance with those who control it

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Launch event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Platform in March 2013. Photo: Simon Lim

    Just forest governance

    The way forests are governed is crucial for affecting how local people benefit from forests. IIED helps secure local communities’ commercial rights to forests by using a ‘learning group approach’, which emphasises sharing tools and tactics that have worked. At the same time, we also look at measures to reduce demand for agricultural and forest products that result in deforestation or degradation.

    7 September 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Timber in Ethiopia

    Report sets stage for China-Africa forest governance research

    IIED has published a report that identifies research that can shed light on the positive and negative effects of Chinese investment in African forests, and show how to improve governance of the timber trade.

    31 July 2013 | News | Forests
  • Polluted air coming out of the smoke stacks of a factory in Shanghai, China.

    The least developed countries, equity, and a brave new world

    For the first time, all of the world’s major carbon emitters – including China, the US and India – will be legally bound to a new global climate agreement that reduces emissions. But, HOW?

    2 July 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Satellite image of the zinc, lead and silver mine in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.

    Report scopes sustainability of China-Latin America relations

    A study examining Chinese trade and investment in mining, agriculture and forestry in Chile, Brazil and Peru says sustainability is increasingly on the agenda.

    9 May 2013 | News | Sustainable markets
  • A man walks with his roaming goats.

    Current policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions

    Partial narratives that underpin policymaking prevent people in arid regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate.

    19 April 2013 | News | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A mango tree frames views of a forest in Mozambique in the distance.

    China in Africa’s forests

    With growing Chinese investment in Africa’s forests and timber, could stronger China-Africa dialogue help ensure good management of forests and the timber trade?

    20 March 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • The timber depot of a Chinese-owned timber concession licensed to operate in Nampula, Mozambique. While some replanting takes place, they do not currently replace all they cut. Photo: Mike Goldwater.

    China in Africa: New forum seeks sustainable, pro-poor forestry

    A new forum will launch on 5-6 March to help ensure Chinese investments in African forests have positive outcomes for local livelihoods and sustainability.

    27 February 2013 | News | Forests
  • A pick up truck lies mostly submerged under a water in a flooded street.

    Five moments from 2012 that could spell change for the planet

    The big events and non-events from this last year that could have long-term repercussions on the sustainable development of our planet, from IIED's Director.

    7 January 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A male shepherdwith a stick leads dozens of sheep winding behind him on a dusty trail

    Valuing variability

    Dryland communities have learnt to harness the variability of their highly unpredictable environments to support sustainable and productive economies, societies and ecosystems. In the face of climate change, development policy everywhere should draw on their knowledge and experience

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Chinese dragon image

    Chinese media in Africa

    The ‘Chinese media dragon’ is raising its voice in Africa—and drawing criticism. So how much is cultural bias, and how much legitimate concern?

    11 December 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • Street scene of small shops and a rickshaw in a city in South India.

    BRICS urbanisation provides lessons for economic growth and social equity

    Towns and cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America have a wealth of lessons to learn from the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to research published today.

    5 December 2012 | News | Urban
  • The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in the Great Hall of the People, uniformed in identical suits, red ties, and side-parts.

    China’s leadership transition

    China’s new conservative leadership means any changes to help the country's environment will come through the existing policy framework, and not an overhaul of the system.

    27 November 2012 | Blog | Governance
  • A man leads a herd of camels with the sun setting behind them.

    What’s in a narrative? In policy, everything or nothing

    Narrative means story, right? But not if you work on development policy, where narrative means something quite different: a framework for action, but one that can create problems if left to roll like a stone down a hill on its own.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • Chen showing Lila Buckley his innovative method for growing potatoes in straw nests.

    A Chinese farm in Africa

    Chen promotes new agricultural techniques in China, but he dreams of farming in Senegal because he wants to share his skills and do something meaningful.

    13 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Ships lay stranded in a dry reservoir in China.

    China: can the ‘factory of the world’ clean up its act?

    Will China address the consequences of its growing consumption and production, or continue with business as usual?

    27 June 2012 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Focus on small-scale farming: food or jobs?

    The latest ‘provocation’ from IIED and Hivos, held in The Hague last week (24 May), began by asking what the development community can do to support rural youth. And for consultant Felicity Proctor, the answer is clear: “we need to move from agriculture and talking about food security and productivity to enterprise, business and a decent living for many of the rural populations.”

    31 May 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Growth of China’s 'green public sphere' brings hope and opportunity

    It all started with a stroll. In 2007, residents of Xiamen, in Fujian province, decided they didn’t want a company that made a harmful chemical called paraxylene in their city. Using text messages they arranged peaceful demonstrations. The strolls soon spread into vast street protests and before long the local government had responded to their calls and relocated the chemical plant.

    26 March 2012 | Blog | Green economy
  • PLA 62 cover image

    PLA 62 - Wagging the dragon's tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China

    Keep up to date with the latest participation news from Participatory Learning and Action – a leading informal journal on participatory methods and approaches that strengthen rights, voice and governance and promote social justice. The series is published in English, with some issues translated into other languages, and some issues available in multimedia formats.

    1 August 2011 | Article | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
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