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  • Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries Through Community-Based Adaptation'

    Book summary: Financial Inclusion for Poverty Alleviation – Issues and Case Studies for Sustainable Development

    Essam Yassin Mohammed, of IIED,and Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi, co-edit 'the book Financial Inclusion for Poverty Alleviation: Issues and Case Studies for Sustainable Development'

    21 February 2018 | Article | Climate change
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    Book summary: Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries Through Community Based Adaptation

    IIED's Saleemul Huq contributes to a chapter in a new book, 'Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries Through Community-Based Adaptation', published by the African Centre for Technology Studies and partners. 

    12 February 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • Workshop participants were briefed on the climate negotiating priorities of the Least Developed Countries (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Negotiators from developing countries get skills boost ahead of UN climate talks

    More than 40 climate negotiators from vulnerable developing countries were briefed on key issues and negotiating strategies at a workshop just before the opening of the Bonn climate talks

    13 November 2017 | News | Climate change
  • A scientist studies mangroves in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Mangrove ecosystems support fisheries, prevent coastal erosion and store large amounts of carbon (Photo: Kate Evans/CIFOR)

    Call for feedback: inventory of tools to support ecosystem-based adaptation

    IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ are seeking feedback on an inventory of ecosystem-based adaptation tools, designed to help practitioners and policymakers incorporate EbA into climate adaptation planning

    19 December 2016 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A partially obstructed drain in Gangtok city, Sikkim (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    Fieldnotes from two cities in India: learning about social learning and climate uncertainty

    How can urban planners deal with the unpredictable future impacts of climate change? IIED researchers visited two Indian cities to see how a learning-based approach can help

    21 July 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman carrying groceries in the village of Bouwéré, Mali. Assessments looked at how women experienced resilience to climate disruption (Photo: P.Casier/CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Monitoring and evaluation in a local context

    Assessing how climate change adaptation and development investments can strengthen local people's resilience to climate extremes

    18 July 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The case study for Manizales, in Colombia, in a new book edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite focuses on innovative community-oriented environmental policy and a commitment to disaster risk reduction (Photo: Melissa Delzio, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Can we transform our cities?

    Can cities prosper while meeting their responsibilities for acting on climate change? This is the focus of a new book by IPCC authors, co-edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite

    19 April 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Women doing maintenance work on a fish sanctuary in Bangladesh (Photo: Paul Thompson/Challenge Program on Water and Food, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    1st International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA1)

    In January 2005, IIED and partners organised the first major conference on community-based adaptation (CBA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    7 April 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • Sorting apricots in Tajikistan. The diverse and extreme climatic conditions of Central Asia helped farmers develop fruit varieties adaptable to drought and other environmental stresses (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Paris Agreement – a framework for local inclusion

    The Paris Agreement commits governments to climate action. To deliver this agenda successfully, they must engage with all sectors of society, including indigenous peoples, and recognise traditional knowledge

    5 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A riverbank settlement in Indonesia illustrates the vulnerability of residents to both flooding and pollution (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire/IIED)

    Comparing approaches to riverbank vulnerability in Indonesia

    What lessons can be learned from two markedly different cases of vulnerability among urban riverbank settlements in Indonesia?

    8 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Divisional Adaptation Planning Committees (DAPCs) act as community focal points (Photo: Sam Greene/IIED)

    Local climate finance funding community-prioritised adaptation

    Local governments in the drylands of Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania are establishing local-level climate adaptation funds with technical support from IIED and other partners

    26 November 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • A father and son record measurements from a rain gauge on their farm in Western Uganda. Changes in rainfall patterns could significantly impact rural populations (Photo: J. Recha/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We need long term actions on climate change

    In the first of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), Tracy Kajumba shares some of the challenges created by climate change in Uganda

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Mozambique: bringing the cattle in from the fields. Mozambique is vulnerable to climate change because of its geography, but also has a poorly developed economy, frail infrastructure, and high levels of poverty (Photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance from the aid budget must also deliver on poverty

    The UK has promised to increase funding for climate finance up to 2020, but if this money comes from the aid budget, how can we be sure that climate spending will also deliver on poverty eradication and the sustainable development agenda?

    30 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region; smallholder folders in Least Developed Countries would be adversely affected by climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Supporting the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    As climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Batu Uprety says the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group must be renewed at COP21 to continue to support the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    1 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Mangroves (Blue Carbon) in the Lamu area, on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (Photo: Peter Prokosch)

    Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation

    Ecosystem management and restoration can be a very important part of climate change adaptation, and communities can play a central role in the process, but the evidence base needs strengthening

    15 July 2015 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A USAID programme training workers to install solar panels at health clinics in Rwanda. Rwanda is an early adopter of low-carbon climate resilient development (Photo: Walt Ratterman, Sunepi, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The political economy of financing climate resilient development

    IIED is undertaking a three-year research programme to understand the policy linkages between the two themes of climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. This research focuses on countries that are investing in what has been termed 'low-carbon climate resilient development' (LCRD) – policies and strategies that address the challenges posed by climate change in an integrated response.

    10 July 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change and is at the forefront of adaptation efforts. This homestead has been designed to offer flood protection (Photo: CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Sharing knowledge to climb the adaptation ladder

    When it comes to climate adaptation, the Least Developed Countries have the greatest expertise and other countries may benefit from learning from what they have done

    3 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • In Kebkabiya, North Darfur, the NGO Practical Action has been helping communities prevent conflict between farmers and pastoralists by encouraging the construction and rehabilitation of watering points (Photo: Margaret Gardner, Practical Action)

    Conflict resolution: a key part of adaptation in North Darfur

    As CBA9 gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, Jodi Sugden from Practical Action highlights how work on conflict resolution is a key part of the adaptation process

    23 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Resource scouts such as Abdelkader, pictured in the Ewaso Ng'iro river bed, Isiolo County, gauge how best to use dry-season grazing areas (Photo: Caroline King-Okumu/IIED)

    The economics of local adaptation in the dryland ecosystems of Isiolo County

    Investments to support pastoralists in Northern Kenya to adapt to the changing climate pay immediate dividends – but the benefits are even greater if the indirect impacts can also be taken into account

    22 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pastoralists in Isiolo County mapping community resources, such as water sources and good grazing areas. This pilot project developed a mechanism that allows local people to identify investments that can build their resilience to climate change. (Photo: James Pattison/IIED)

    Award win highlights collaboration for Kenya climate resilience

    A consortium working to support climate change adaptation in Kenya has won a prestigious UK award. The Adaptation Consortium is a partnership of six organisations, including IIED

    15 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Investments in community infrastructure – like this canalside walkway in Bangkok – can help to build resilience for low-income urban residents. Funding for this type of local improvement should be a priority for climate change financing (Photo: Ruth Mcleod)

    Financing urban resilience

    Cities need to adapt to climate change: but how it be financed? IIED is working to build the case for more direct control of funding for resilience by urban residents and local governments

    30 March 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • The Pacific island nation of Kiribati consists of 33 atols and reef islands. Here, adaptation includes coastal protection measures such as mangrove re-planting, as well as strengthening laws to reduce soil erosion and population settlement planning (Photo: AusAID)

    How to measure a global goal for adaptation?

    Climate negotiators are discussing how to set a global goal for climate change adaptation. It's important for the negotiators learn from experiences and evidence gained at country level – so they can develop a goal that reflects differing national realities

    27 March 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ruth Nguli looks at her crop of drought-tolerant beans in Makueni County, Kenya. Developing and sharing climate-smart farming techniques can help communities adapt to climate changes (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How do we measure adaptation?

    How do we effectively measure and enhance adaptation? Saleemul Huq looks at possible answers which will be discussed at the 9th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA9)

    11 March 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tanzania: participatory training events for small-scale farmers can introduce the concept of climate change and help farmers identify which crops could work well in their area (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS)

    From knowledge to action – how top down training is driving bottom-up resilience in Tanzania

    Supporting government engagement with communities in Tanzania has identified three key ways in which the government can improve climate resilient planning

    9 March 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A group meeting on climate change on boat run by the organisation Shidhulai in Natore, Bangladesh (Photo: Tony Stonehouse/IIED)

    Developing nations strengthen ability to demonstrate effective climate change adaptation

    A tool for developing countries to provide evidence of effective adaptation to climate change, allowing them to access international climate funds, will be launched today (27 February) after three years of development by IIED and partners

    27 February 2015 | News | Climate change
  • A girl in Pakistan collects rainwater for washing (Photo: Fawad Khan)

    Recognising the concerns of women and girls can improve the effectiveness of climate change adaptation

    Including the perspectives and experiences of women and girls in monitoring and evaluation can lead to better outcomes for climate change adaptation measures, IIED research has found

    14 January 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Peru's Quelccaya ice cap is the largest glaciated area in the tropics; glaciers play a significant role in Lima's water provision (Photo: Wikipedia via Creative Commons)

    Recognising the risks – what do people in Lima think about climate change?

    While heads of state, ministers and negotiators met in Lima, Peru, to try to negotiate a global deal at the UN climate talks, local people have been developing their own adaptation strategy – and seem to find it equally difficult to face up to the scale of the problem

    22 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Kenyan woman farmer at work in the Mount Kenya region (Photo: Google licence)

    Toulmin: "Soil is the foundation for a prosperous society"

    IIED director Camilla Toulmin tells the BBC's Science in Action that much of the soil across sub-Saharan Africa needs urgent attention if it is to feed the continent

    10 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Marisa Carmargo presents approaches to equity in forest governance: Lessons for safeguard development at an event at COP20 in Lima (Photo: Donal Yeang via Flickr)

    Why the private sector must be included in efforts to curb deforestation

    Making the links between green supplies chains, zero deforestation and the private sector at COP20 in Lima

    5 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Francisco Sagasti (Photo: CADE Peru via Flickr)

    Negotiating a fair future at COP20

    On Monday 1 December, the UN Climate Change Conference 2014 kicks off in Lima. Peruvian IIED board member Francisco Sagasti discusses his hopes for a successful conference

    28 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Introducing improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda has transformed beans from a subsistence crop into a cash crop (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Flickr)

    How are Rwanda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh preparing for climate change?

    Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bangladesh are developing their national low carbon climate resilient strategies. The public policy team within the Climate Change Group at IIED have just finished 18 months of research into these planning processes. The research helped clarify what is motivating countries to become more climate resilient. It also highlighted some ways these processes could be better supported and brought together.

    24 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Inspiring climate leaders, such as UNECA's Fatima Denton, are needed for Africa to tackle climate change (Photo: UNECA)

    Africa moves ahead to tackle climate change

    As last month's fourth conference on Climate Change and Development showed, Africa will need strong leaders such as Fatima Denton – who will deliver IIED's 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture on Thursday – to tackle the issues of climate change

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, is one of the world's largest cities. It is surrounded by rivers and lies only a few metres above sea level. The urban poor living in flood-prone areas are most threatened by climate change (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    The IPCC and an urbanising planet

    The IPCC's Fifth Assessment gets the importance of understanding and acting on urbanisation

    6 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Camilla Toulmin: "The IPCC report.. concludes that no parts of the world are free from the risks of 'severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts'" (Photo: Google licence)

    IIED responds to IPCC climate change report

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its Fifth Assessment Report, issuing the starkest warning yet on the perils of continuing with 'business as usual'

    3 November 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Women at a health post in Shylapakha, Nepal. The local Village Development Committee was involved in a TAMD pilot to assess responses to climate change interventions (Photo: Susannah Fisher/IIED)

    Who should use Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD)?

    A key benefit of the TAMD framework is that it can be used by many different types of organisations for both evaluation and planning

    28 October 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • In Kenya's Isiolo County, repeated droughts are forcing pastoralists out of herding and into farming. The county has used TAMD to assess climate risk management schemes (Photo: Martin Karimi/ECHO)

    Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD): Country work

    TAMD is being piloted in countries in Africa and Asia. Each country adapts the framework to its own needs and contributes towards the further development of the framework

    28 October 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Nepal’s Rukum district is highly vulnerable to landslides and extreme rainfall variations. TAMD feasibility work has tested specific tools for evaluating climate change adaptation and made them relevant to the Nepalese context. (Photo: Susannah Fisher/IIED)

    The Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework

    The TAMD framework uses two key measures to measure adaptation success

    28 October 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • The Promotion of Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting project was designed to tackle severe water shortages in the earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

    Latest news and events on Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD)

    International meetings allow organisations to share their experiences of applying the TAMD framework and make plans for developing it further

    28 October 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Informal settlements such as this one in Durban, South Africa, are adversely affected by climate-related impacts (Photo: David Dodman)

    Climate-related 'loss and damage' in cities: exploring a new urban frontier

    Highlighting and assessing the urban impacts of climate change can help cities find a more consistent, multi-level approach to climate adaptation

    23 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Images such as this of a culvert constructed to allow villagers to cross the River Mahenya in Kenya, but which proves insufficient at times of extreme rainfall, are often used to tell the story of climate change in Africa. But Fatima Denton will challenge that narrative in her Barbara Ward Lecture (Photo: Robin Wyatt, http://www.robinwyatt.org/photography/)

    Room for optimism on Africa, the "hopeful" continent

    Climate expert Fatima Denton from the Economic Commission for Africa will say it's time for more optimism on Africa and climate change at an IIED lecture to celebrate Barbara Ward's birthday

    21 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A farmer in the Potato Park, Peru (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    A marriage to save the earth: Farmers and researchers innovate to conserve biodiversity

    Traditional knowledge combined with the latest science could increase food production while safeguarding biodiversity, new research shows

    7 October 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • The TAMD method is being used to assess the impact of biogas plants in rural Pakistan. Here researchers talk to villagers in Sheikhuwal village (Photo: IIED)

    Tracking adaptation and measuring development (TAMD)

    IIED is working with partners to develop and pilot a framework, called Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD), to track adaptation and measure its impact on development

    10 September 2014 | Project | Climate change
  • Old Fadama, Ghana: health conditions in many low-income and informal settlements will be worsened further by rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    Climate change and urban health

    As well as increasing loss of life and injury from extreme events, climate change will exacerbate health risks from diseases that are among the main causes of premature death in informal settlements

    29 July 2014 | Project | Climate change
  • Representatives of communities from Peru, Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea have formed an International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Photo: Lhab Tshering)

    Indigenous mountain communities call on governments to support traditional knowledge-based adaptation

    An International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has been formed to advocate for community biocultural heritage rights and help achieve food sovereignty and climate change adaptation

    18 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • 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
  • Mountains such as the Andes, in Peru, are among the regions most affected by climate change (Photo: David Stanley via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Indigenous spiritual values guide climate change adaptation in mountain communities

    Cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and climate change will be the focus of an international event in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru

    25 April 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A woman scoops water in a dry riverbed near Kataboi village in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya (Photo: Marisol Grandon/DFID via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Kenya's new climate fund listens to community ideas for building resilience

    "Climate consists of so many things to us," says Ibrahim Shone, a pastoralist in Isiolo County in Northern Kenya. "It's not only weather, it's also about how we prepare for droughts and diseases, and find enough grass for our animals. These things change with the seasons."

    3 April 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A giant temple bell in Mongolia (Photo: David Berkowitz via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    The IPCC rings the warning bell louder. Is anyone listening?

    IIED Senior Fellow Saleemul Huq, one of the co-authors of the latest IPCC report on climate change, highlights the key findings of the publication and what policymakers need to do next

    2 April 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • "Now is the time for unprecedented global solidarity and cooperation. Now is the opportunity for true leaders to shine" says IIED Director Camilla Toulmin (Photo: IIED)

    IIED statement on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has today published its latest report on the impacts of climate change and how to adapt to them

    31 March 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Senbetge, in Ethiopia's Amhara region is prone to droughts and flooding. Credit: EC DG ECHO (Creative Commons Licence)

    Six nations to share progress on measuring adaptation to climate change

    The governments of six countries will share their experiences of assessing the effectiveness and developmental impacts of climate change adaptation, at an international meeting in Kenya on 24-27 March.

    19 March 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A borehole in Zambia, among the countries to have started thinking about NAPs, is developed for domestic water and irrigation as part of climate change adaptation measures (Photo: Pascal Manyakaidze via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Least developed countries take climate adaptation to next level

    While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A sign near Kathmandu, Nepal, warns of the dangers of landslides (Photo: Doug Letterman, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Nepal: Measuring resilience to climate change from the community up

    Effective monitoring and evaluation of changes in community resilience that arise from both development and climate change resilience, can help Nepal can make smart moves to protect its people, says Susannah Fisher.

    7 February 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • People living amid the arid terrain of Wajir in Kenya will benefit from the expansion of a pilot project (Photo: Oxfam East Africa via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Kenyan local climate fund's success heralds expansion to 29% of nation

    A pilot project to support adaptation to climate change at the local level in Kenya's Isiolo County has been such a success that it is being replicated in four more counties, to cover a combined 29 per cent of the nation. The move is significant as it shows how county governments could access global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020.

    24 January 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Maps drawn by community groups before being transferred to a geo-referenced satellite map projected on a wall (Photo: James Pattinson)

    Maps that build bridges

    Thanks to digital participatory mapping, pastoralists are proud of their local knowledge and policymakers want to act on it.

    19 December 2013 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines on 7 November 2013. Credit: NASA

    Typhoon Haiyan shows why COP19 must deliver on loss and damage

    Even the best of efforts to adapt to climate change may not be enough to prevent loss and damage, and that's why the UN climate talks need to agree a mechanism to handle this new issue, says Saleemul Huq.

    13 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Seven ways equity can promote success at the UN climate talks

    For a new global climate agreement to be truly equitable —and get global buy-in — it must share the burden of adaptation as well as that of mitigation.

    7 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Outdoor workers in Da Nang are prone to heat stress. Credit: COHED.

    To build climate resilience cities must assess diverse drivers of vulnerability

    Three new studies from Vietnam show how research can help governments devise solutions that help their citizens adapt to the effects of climate change.

    30 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Free access to papers on cities and climate change

    Offer extended: Free access to papers on cities and climate change

    The new edition of the journal Environment and Urbanization focuses on ways cities can increase their resilience to climate change.

    28 October 2013 | News | Climate change
  • Children go to school on boat in flood-prone Bangladesh. Photo: G.M.B Akash/Panos

    Least developed countries lead on low-carbon resilience

    Some of the least developed countries are at the forefront of an approach that combines efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and achieve economic and social development.

    16 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • The field team designing a REDD strategy talk to farmer Nimale Maribu Saidi as part of their field research in Meceburi Forest Reserve, Mozambique .Photo by Mike Goldwater

    Inclusive environmental investments

    Inclusive environmental investments — from both public and private sector finance — are essential if local forest people are to benefit from deals that are both fair and support climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • A herbalist shares information on medicinal and food plants growing in Kaya Kinondo Sacred Coastal Forest in Kenya (Photo: Doris Mutta)

    Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR)

    IIED is working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices

    16 August 2013 | Project | Climate change
  • Men spray water from water hoses onto a small fire in Kazakhstan

    Promoting biodiversity within climate response strategies

    Biodiversity conservation both affects and is affected by climate change. IIED is working to promote biodiversity within plans and strategies aimed at responding to climate change.

    16 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Rickshaws on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city.

    Bangladesh: from adaptation to low carbon resilience?

    Is it fair to ask Bangladesh to adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How does the government view this approach?

    10 July 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • People stand on a sea-wall with a road and look out at the ocean.

    8 points on financing climate change adaptation in urban areas

    As the urgency for governments and international agencies to address climate change increases, an expert meeting identified eight key points on finance priorities.

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A solar lamp lights up a shop.

    The private sector’s role in low carbon resilient development

    How can the private sector be effectively engaged not just to reduce the long-term impacts of climate change, but also to help communities adapt to the changes they’re experiencing now?

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • CBA7: Highlights from day three

    Missed our live blog and webcast? Here are some highlights from the third day of the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation

    24 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • CBA7: highlights from day two

    Here are some highlights from today's events at the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA7) in Dhaka

    23 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Challenging inequality is at the heart of climate change adaptation

    People won’t become more resilient to the impacts of climate change unless the underlying causes of their vulnerability are analysed and addressed.

    23 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • CBA7: Highlights from day one

    Here are some highlights from the first day of the 7th International Conference on community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA7) in Bangladesh

    22 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman fishing off the island of Padma Pakur.

    Vulnerable communities tackling climate change are our best teachers

    The poorest communities (and poorest countries) are leading the world in learning about and practising adaptation to climate change. The rich would do well to learn from them.

    19 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • CBA7: Live debate on climate change adaptation tweet-by-tweet

    Read highlights from a fast-moving live online chat on how the poorest and most vulnerable can act to adapt to climate change.

    9 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Rwandan farmer checks his coffee beans. A banana tree is visible behind him.

    Rwanda: test case on international commitment to financing climate change adaptation?

    Rwanda hopes climate change will provide an opportunity to secure additional climate finance. Will its new finance mechanism succeed?

    6 March 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Participants in an ICCCAD course in Bangladesh. Photo: ICCCAD

    Learning how to adapt to climate change: advocacy, training and capacity building

    IIED works to help support southern countries as they adapt to climate change and the extreme weather events it brings. We do this by supporting partner organisations and experts that offer climate change adaptation training, advocacy and capacity building.

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Discussing climate resilience in Kinna, northern Kenya.

    How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway?

    IIED and its partners are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments.

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman tends an irrigation channel in the Bolivian ‘altiplano,’ or highlands.

    Climate change adaptation needs to be part of national development planning

    Policymakers need to better integrate strategies for dealing with climate change into their country’s development plans, rather than leaving them isolated as stand-alone policies and projects.

    31 October 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • New fund to help Kenyan communities adapt to climate change

    On 29 October, the government of Kenya will launch a new fund to help communities in the north of the country adapt to climate change and other development challenges.

    26 October 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Children with backpacks walking along a path with a building on the left and a forest and looming hills behind.

    Vietnam: project with children at its heart wins CBA6 Solidarity Grant

    The children in Hong Ca commune, Vietnam, know that practising rescue drills can save lives in the event of a real natural disaster.

    10 May 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Analysing the cost of adapting to climate change

    How do you estimate the cost of adapting to the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities, and involve stakeholders in identifying the costs and benefits of the approaches identified?

    8 May 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Conference buzzes with stories of communities adapting to climate change

    The meeting, organised by IIED and partners, included three days of visits to communities across Vietnam that are already adapting to climatic changes.

    26 April 2012 | News | Climate change
  • CBA6: tweet by tweet and blog by blog

    Given that the theme of the 6th International conference on community-based adaptation to climate change was communications, it's only fitting that participants embraced social media with open arms.

    26 April 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Dice used in a game at the 6th international conference on CBA.

    Knowledge is power in this game of chance (called life)

    22 April 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ha Thi Ngan, a beekeeper, surrounded by her bee hives.

    Where honey means money and climate means change

    Ngan lives in a village called Ri in the remote highlands of Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province. It's beautiful. Everywhere you look is green-green-green, from the forested limestone mountains that look like the humps of long dead dragons to the flat sheets of emerald rice fields that shimmer in the sun.

    21 April 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Building one village’s resilience to climate change starts with a cave

    It might talk about the people living in the cave thousands of years ago.

    19 April 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Vietnam: Mangroves break waves and help the people of Dai Hop Commune break even

    Well-fed women smile out from under their hats as they pull in their catch of fish, shrimp and crabs from the mangrove forest. The simple images are in an educational booklet on the benefits of mangroves, with tips on how to grow seedlings.

    17 April 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Top ten highlights from 2011

    December is traditionally the month of 'top 10s'. Every year, as journalists, bloggers, commentators and organisations across the world reflect on the year that's gone, the online world is flooded by lists highlighting the highs and lows. Search in Google and you'll instantly have to hand more than 150 million top 10 lists for 2011.

    22 December 2011 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Taking the long view on adaptation

    The impacts of climate change do not happen overnight but play out over decades. Funders looking to support people to adapt to those impacts must take the long view and accept that their investments may not provide measurable outcomes for ten years or more.

    12 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Hope from action

    As climate-related impacts become more frequent and extreme, the primary preoccupation of a progressive global society should be to protect the more vulnerable amongst us – countries and individual

    9 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: Trying to find "common ground"

    This is the last video update from Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow of IIED's climate change group, from Durban, South Africa where high-level Ministers have arrived and are making statements.

    7 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • What winning the film competition means to us

     

    6 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Consensus grows behind the scenes at the UN climate negotiations

    It’s too early to talk about the end-game in the 17th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that are underway in Durban. But amid the shifting diplomatic sands of talks and texts, there are signs that some of the ground is starting to solidify.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN Climate negotiations video update: climate adaptation on the agenda

    Closed negotiations have begun at the UN Climate Change conference. Parties are looking at two key issues behind closed doors: national adaptation plans and loss and damage.

    2 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Five-nation study sheds light on costs of adapting agriculture to climate change

    Research in Africa and Asia has shown that efforts to assess the costs of adapting agriculture to a changing climate often fail to reflect the diversity of the sector.

    25 November 2011 | News | Economics
  • Three ways Durban climate conference can ensure rich world meets finance promises

    A briefing paper published today (21 November) by IIED outlines three steps to ensure developed countries meet their agreed commitments to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.

    21 November 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Multi-billion dollar climate change fund hits barrier

    Plans for a multi-billion dollar fund to help developing countries deal with climate change hit a big barrier this week when countries could not agree on the design of the fund.

    20 October 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Donor nations get low scores on climate finance transparency scorecard

    Developed countries are being far from transparent about the climate-change finance they promised to developing nations at the Copenhagen summit in 2009, according to a scorecard published today (19 September) by IIED.

    16 September 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Responding to climate change in the Caribbean

     

    5 July 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pastoralism videos/Vidéos pastoralisme

    15 June 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Herding chaos: pastoralism videos

    Documentaries about thriving on climate change. As the environment becomes more unpredictable all over the world people face higher costs in an effort to sustain the usual strategies to control it. The WoDaabe cattle breeders in this documentary show that there is another way.

    15 June 2011 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Planning with Uncertainty: pastoralism videos

    Using Scenario Planning with African Pastoralists (SOS Sahel International UK)

    15 June 2011 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • How can air travel contribute to the costs of adapting to climate change?

    Climate change negotiators are still meeting this week in Bonn to try and find a way forward on, amongst many other subjects, climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance. Sources of ‘innovative’ finance, such as taxes on international transport, have been proposed. Might these provide a way to break the deadlock on finance and prove to be sources of significant and stable financing to address the impacts of climate change?

    15 June 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • VIDEO: Saleemul Huq on new research into how communities adapt to climate change

    In this short video Dr Saleemul Huq — senior fellow in IIED's Climate Change Group — talks about an international research project that is looking at how communities can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    27 May 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Urban societies can adapt to resource shortage and climate change

    Cities can break the link between high living standards and significant contributions to climate change, using many technologies and policies that are already available if not widely used.

    26 May 2011 | News | Urban
  • The opportunities of climate change

    It's not always a great idea to acknowledge that bad things can create opportunities – but they can. Bad things cause suffering and tragedy, but they can also destabilise the status quo, open space for new discussions, and give an impetus to groups looking for positive change.

    26 April 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • How ‘just giving money to the poor’ helps them adapt to climate change

    Programmes which transfer money directly to the poor help them adapt to climate change. That´s what I´m suggesting in a new briefing paper to be presented at the upcoming conference on ‘Social Protection for Social Justice’, will be held at the Centre for Social Protection in Brighton between the 13th and 15th of April. 

    4 April 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Better science and communication needed to help vulnerable adapt to climate change

    A major international conference in Bangladesh has ended with strong recommendations on how to help communities in developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    1 April 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Tiny flight tax could raise billions to protect people from climate change

    A small tax on international airline tickets could raise US$10 billion a year to help people to adapt to the impacts of climate change, say economists at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    31 March 2011 | News | Economics
  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    30 March 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Is this a climate change issue or a human rights issue?

    We had been driven for seven hours from Dhaka through hair-raising traffic to see some of the practical approaches that Caritas was using in th

    29 March 2011 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Climate adaptation: old wine in new bottles?

    29 March 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Bangladesh: mangrove island reflects people's creativitiy

    28 March 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Reality check: climate change and the poor

    Hannah Reid reports on a field trip to a site in Manikganj District, about three hours from Dhaka city in Bangladesh, to see how vulnerable people are coping with climate-change related impacts

    28 March 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Community based adaptation: conference video blog

    The 5th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change, takes place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 to 31 March 2011. Saleemul Huq will be keeping us updated from the conference in a series of daily video logs.

    28 March 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Lessons from vulnerable communities show how to adapt to climate-change

    The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, will next week open an international conference at which more than 250 delegates will share the latest knowledge on how vulnerable communities can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    21 March 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Climate change: governments should support migration, not fear it

    Governments risk adopting policies that increase people’s vulnerability to climate change because of a general prejudice against migration, according to research published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    2 February 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Afloat: Bangladesh adapts to climate change

    'Afloat', a film from IIED and Panos, shows how in Bangladesh they are combining tradition and innovation to adapt to climate change

    10 January 2011 | News | Climate change
  • COP16: United Nations climate change negotiations

    IIED researchers undertook a range of activities at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16)

    20 December 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Storm watch for Cancun climate talks

    Striking a deal at this month’s UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico will largely depend on negotiators’ ability to settle stormy disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, over six key issues.

    23 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Less erosion, less warming

    I recently met with a Member of the Bangladesh Parliament to discuss the potential for mitigation in the agricultural sector under IIED’s work on the economics of climate change in the agricultural sector. Agriculture produces 10–12 per cent of total global emissions but also has considerable mitigation potential — 70 per cent of which is in developing countries — and I expected the Honourable Member, a well known climate change champion, to back the cause. But he did not seem entirely convinced. Why should decision makers listen? What’s in it for them?

    11 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Adaptation finance: Why not just give it to the poor?

    A new book argues that the best approach to reducing poverty is the simplest: giving money to the poor. In Just Give Money to the Poor, Hanlon, Barrientos and Hulme argue that cash transfers put money directly in the hands of those that need it, and that the poor are both willing and capable of using the money to benefit themselves and their families. Given the uncertainties and pitfalls of spending money on climate change adaptation, could we do worse than simply giving money to the poor themselves?

    14 October 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Renewables, why bother?

    For much of the developing world producing clean energy that also mitigates carbon emissions is a very low priority. After all, why should countries that haven't significantly contributed to climate change worry about reducing their relatively tiny carbon emissions? In any case who would pay for it all?

    4 August 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Many residents of Dar es Salaam live in informal settlements and are vulnerable to a wide range of climate threats, including sea-level rise and coastal erosion and  flooding (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    4th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA4)

    The 4th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA4) to climate change took place in February 2010 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

    2 February 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Beyond buzzwords: making adaptation a development norm

    Day 1 of IIED’s Development and Climate Days: Land, Water and Forests

    12 December 2009 | Blog | Climate change
  • Road to recovery: mapping a sustainable economy

    THE WORLD has a unique but brief opportunity to tackle several major challenges together. Evidence of the linked causes of financial, energy and climate crises – and not just their symptoms – is on the table.

    7 December 2009 | Article | Green economy
  • Climate change media partnership

    Internews, Panos and IIED have joined forces to support developing world journalism and perspectives from the heart of the international climate negotiations.

    27 August 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and Climate Change

    London. June 09 Papers from this meeting are now available as downloadable pdfs.

    13 May 2009 | Article | Urban
  • Climate refugees of the future

    Bangladesh is calling for the rights of environmental refugees to be recognised as the country battles rising sea levels and chronic poverty

    30 April 2009 | Blog | Climate change
  • Venn diagram of LDCs

    Least Developed Countries

    Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the poorest countries in the world. A number of criteria determine this status. As of May 2009, LDCs number 50. Roughly 65 per cent are in Africa; a number of others are known as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many SIDS are low-lying and located in parts of the world already prone to extreme weather events, factors that make them highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and fiercer and more frequent tropical storms.

    30 April 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • Keeping the forests we've got

    The conservation of forests in countries like Suriname with high forest cover and low deforestation rates is not a priority for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Yet forest people suffer enormously from the effects of climate change.

    30 April 2009 | Blog | Climate change
  • Q&A: Admit

    Highlights the key elements about this ethical and effective new way to compensate your carbon emissions and support adaptation, now in its pilot phase.

    16 March 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • An early sunrise at COP14 in Poznan (Photo: Friends of the Earth, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    COP14 UN Climate Change Conference

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP14) took place in Poznan, Poland from 1st - 12th December 2008. Find out about IIED's activities at this COP

    20 December 2008 | Article | Climate change
  • Just the beginning

    Yvo de Boer, who runs the UNFCCC secretariat, laid out clearly where we are with agreement on the text in his inimitable laconic style: ‘We are near to the end of putting things in and near to the beginning of taking things out.’

    12 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Thank you for the days...

    Amid the debates swirling round this conference with cyclonic intensity is one very big question: how can the world’s most vulnerable countries adapt to climate change with such a serious shortfall in targeted funding? Oxfam estimates the task as demanding US$50 billion a year — some US$49 billion more than what’s actually available.

    10 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change: What role for Official Development Assistance?

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has instigated several funding mechanisms in an attempt to meet adaptation needs in developing countries, however these funds have been heavily criticised by both the development and academic communities for being both fiscally and technically inadequate.

    14 November 2008 | Article | Climate change
  • Moveable feast: the floating gardens of Bangladesh

    The farmers of southern Bangladesh have seen it all: cyclones, catastrophic flooding, silted-up rivers and creeping salination. Their South Asian homeland — a wedge of the tropics regularly exposed to searing heat and heavy monsoons — is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries on Earth.

    3 October 2008 | Article | Climate change
  • Tiempo

    Tiempo was a printed bulletin published quarterly by IIED and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) until 2011. This page is kept for reference purposes so that readers can access previous articles

    5 September 2008 | Project | Climate change
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