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Natural capital

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  • Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka; in some countries small-scale fisheries provide nearly half the overall catch but their contribution often goes unrecognised (Photo: Benard Gagnon, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    No hidden catch: mainstreaming small-scale fisheries in national accounts

    The economic value of small-scale fisheries is often not recognised by national policymakers because of lack of data. A recent IIED webinar looked at how to get better data and how this information can be used to shape national policies

    26 November 2018 | Article | Fisheries
  • Populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators are declining, posing potential risks to important world food crops (Photo: Brian McGill)

    The economics of mass extinction

    A recent UK newspaper column asserted that economic approaches to natural protection are flawed. In this blog, originally published to mark the International Day for Biodiversity, four academics argue that, on the contrary, "without nature, no other value is possible"

    29 May 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Garment workers in Bangladesh - increasing automation threatens low-cost manufacturing jobs in developing countries (Photo: NYU Stern BHR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Automation, the changing world of work, and sustainable development

    Technological change, especially automation and digital innovation, are likely to have a profound impact on jobs in developing countries. Countries should act now to refocus their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable

    17 August 2017 | Blog | Economics
  • The morning fish auction at Mumbai's Ferry Wharf. Thousands of boats fish along the coast, putting acute pressure on fish stocks (Photo: lecercle, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Shaking the money pot to protect nature

    Nature gives us a lot: water, timber, minerals, biodiversity, food, clean air… But the perception that natural capital is endless and free leads to overuse and under-investment – and we constantly hear that there's not enough money to invest in the environment. The 22nd Poverty Environment Partnership conference asked how we can shake the piggy bank to give something back to nature

    25 July 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Durban Beach, South Africa (Photo: Darren Glanville, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Investing in natural capital to deliver the SDGs and reduce poverty

    With the meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development under way, Paul Steele discusses how natural capital can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lift the poorest out of poverty

    17 July 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • This barrio in Guatemala has no running water or sewers. The country receives abundant rainfall, but lacks infrastructure to deliver water to households (Photo: David Amsler, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Can natural capital accounting increase water access?

    New accounting methods for natural resources could help governments get to the source of the problem when it comes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on access to water

    5 April 2016 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Rwanda is planning to produce land, water and forest accounts to inform policy around managing its rich natural resources.(Photo: Catherine Nomura, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    First steps in communication: raising awareness

    A visit to Rwanda with the WAVES programme brings up the question of whether you should communicate when it seems you have nothing substantial to say

    12 May 2015 | Blog | Communication
  • Wetlands are one of the most under-valued ecosystems. Japan's wetlands provide a habitat for many species of fauna and flora (Photo: Tanaka Juuyoh, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Want to convince politicians why they should protect the environment? Talk like an economist

    Calculating the economic value of a threatened wetland proved a turning point for IIED's Essam Mohammed. He argues the case for putting a value on nature to get your message across

    15 April 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • A man points his finger at someone in a meeting room at a debate at a meeting on the sustainable development of the Amazon at Rio+20.

    Five things we’ve learnt from Rio+20

    While the outcomes from Rio +20 may not currently give grounds for much optimism, its value is likely to be in less tangible, longer-term changes in attitudes and understanding.

    3 July 2012 | Blog | Governance
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