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  • The Retiro district of Buenos Aires features affluent shopping and business areas close to a large shanty town where many homes don't have running water (Photo: Mark Edwards/IIED)

    Urbanisation and the environment

    Growing urban affluence tends to have profound environmental consequences, but the net impact depends heavily on how the transition is managed. IIED worked to identify the best means of making urbanisation more environmentally beneficial and less destructive

    16 July 2015 | Project | Poverty
  • Ladeh Panjang Wetlands. Photo: Luke Mackin

    Building evidence on how biodiversity affects poverty

    There is an explicit assumption that reducing the rate of biodiversity loss can help in efforts to tackle global poverty. But the evidence for this assumption is surprisingly weak. This project aims to review the existing evidence base, identify knowledge gaps and make evidence more widely available.

    22 June 2015 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Some ecological settings, such as drylands, which are home to a high proportion of the world’s poor, are poorly studied and have become the neglected 'ugly duckling' of biodiversity research (Photo: Marie Monimart)

    What we know about how biodiversity and poverty are linked: The good, the bad and the ugly

    There is an explicit assumption in international policy statements that conserving biodiversity can help in efforts to tackle global poverty

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A giraffe takes stock at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Social Assessment of Protective Area fieldwork starts next week (Photo: www.kicheche.com  via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Time for a new look at social impacts of protected areas

    A new framework for assessing the social impacts of protected areas will be key to ensuring conservation is effective, and contributes to human well-being and poverty reduction

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A traditional farmer selects seeds in the Eastern Himalayas, India. (Photo: Ruchi Pant/Ecoserve)

    Making the business case for biodiversity — in an instant

    Life's too short for long, dull text – and when life itself is the topic, it is critical to get the message across in a quick, clear way.

    10 March 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Wilton Park will host a conference exploring the fast-evolving views of the green economy concept next week

    Conference explores ways to bridge varied visions of ‘green economy’ to foster inclusive growth within environmental limits

    Business leaders, politicians and representatives of international financial institutions, UN agencies, think tanks and non-governmental organisations will meet next week to explore fast-evolving views of the green economy concept.

    20 February 2014 | News | Green economy
  • Seeds carefully picked from a pile of rotting and old beans in Mali.

    Food waste: can grassroots initiatives stop us throwing good food in the bin?

    Almost half the food the world produces is thrown away. Reducing food waste is an economic, ethical and environmental challenge which grassroots initiatives are starting to address.

    4 June 2013 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Hippos bask in the sun in Botswana.

    Botswana: Biodiversity and dragons come together

    With the Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, a new biodiversity project highlights its importance and draws out tensions that arise when biodiversity is put at the centre of development policies.

    22 May 2013 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Pastoralists pull water from a well near Denan in the Somali Region of Ethiopia for their camels. (Photo: Andrew Heavens, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Pastoralism and policy training: addressing misconceptions and improving knowledge

    Pastoralists are one of the most researched, yet least understood, groups in the world. Policy consistently ignores both scientific evidence for sustainable pastoralism and the strategies and institutions local people use to turn the diversity and unpredictability of the drylands to their advantage. 

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity, poverty reduction and development

    IIED and partners organised a side event on biodiversity mainstreaming at the 2012 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

    9 October 2012 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Earth Summit 2012: Crucial opportunity that needs broader buy-in

    As shoppers in New York surged through streets and avenues bedecked with festive offerings, delegates from around the world were summoning up the collective will to make something of the crucial opportunity presented by the Earth Summit in Rio

    20 December 2011 | Blog | Green economy
  • Green economy – learning from the Caribbean

    Since the recent global financial crises, the phrase ‘green economy’ has appeared liberally in newspaper headlines, and politicians’ and CEOs’ promises. They usually mean ‘low-carbon economy’, the idea of shifting energy and infrastructure towards clean, high-tech systems. Green economy is seen as an answer to financial problems – G20 stimulus packages included ‘green’ components, hoping to improve national competitiveness and create new jobs through green technology, and wean economies off insecure and expensive fossil fuels. And it is seen as a practical way to supplement climate change conventions – you don’t need an international agreement to change economic practices that cause climate change. All very good news for Danish wind farm installers, Japanese hybrid car manufacturers, and Chinese solar panel factories. But what does the green economy mean for the developing world?

    4 March 2011 | Blog | Green economy
  • REDD: Protecting climate, forests and livelihoods

    Deforestation is a global issue. Beyond its destructive impacts on biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, it is a major driver of climate change and accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. REDD — 'reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation' — could offer a way forward, as IIED's growing body of REDD research and reports reflects.

    14 May 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Review of strategic environmental assessment

    The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of policies, plans and programmes is a rapidly evolving field.

    28 April 2008 | Project | Policy and planning
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