In this month’s issue... Conflict and violence in 21st century cities, building bridges for sustainable development and IIED at COP20.
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Camilla Toulmin to step down in 2015

Camilla Toulmin to step down in 2015


Read the blog from IIED director Camilla Toulmin, about her decision to step down after ten years and how the institute will search for her successor. The application process is now open and closes on Monday 8 December.
Lushoto, Tanzania: Farmers are being encouraged to diversify into agroforestry. Here a tree nursery group discusses the challenges and opportunities

Informality and formalisation in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector


In a recent blog, IIED's Abbi Buxton explains the challenges faced by the sector and highlights two papers produced on the risks.
 
IIED 2014 annual report

Building bridges for sustainable development


Our 2014 annual report, 'Building bridges for sustainable development' is now available to download. This year we have also produced a bespoke online version, featuring videos and interactive elements.

IIED at COP20

IIED will be at this year's UN Climate Change Conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru from 1-12 December 2014
IIED will be at this year's UN Climate Change Conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru from 1-12 December 2014. This year our main activities will include supporting the Least Developed Countries to achieve equitable outcomes at the negotiations and supporting the climate diplomacy of vulnerable countries.

We'll also be helping to organise and host the 12th Development and Climate Days conference – a two-day event focusing on innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development.  In addition to this we will be joining a Global Landscape Forum session to discuss the strong linkages between the post-2015 and climate change agenda, as well as running various side events and showcasing our latest publications on the IIED exhibition stand.
More information about COP20 activities

New publications

Environment and Urbanization
The latest issue of Environment and Urbanization, one of the world`s most highly ranked environmental and urban studies journals is now available. Conflict and violence in 21st century cities includes new research that says violence in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America is here to stay and can no longer be seen as a problem that can be challenged and overcome through development programmes.
 
Social Assessment of Protected Areas: Early experience and results of a participatory, rapid approach
A new working paper, Social Assessment of Protected Areas: Early experience and results of a participatory, rapid approach describes both the development of the SAPA methodology, and some preliminary results that illustrate the type of information generated and the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology.
 
Human Rights Standards for Conservation: An analysis of responsiblities, rights and redress for just conservation
Human Rights Standards for Conservation: An analysis of responsiblities, rights and redress for just conservation, presents a synthesis of the relevance of human rights standards to different conservation actors. It also includes an assessment of current standards and trends in international law, and an analysis of the various redress mechanisms available when rights are violated.

 
Implementing a low-carbon resilient development agenda: lessons from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda

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Implementing a low-carbon resilient development agenda: lessons from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda

Towards an urban agenda on climate-related loss and damage

Assessing the effectiveness of investments in climate information services

Events

IIED's 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture with Fatima Denton
Hundreds of policy-makers, researchers and academics gathered in London on 20 November to hear climate expert Fatima Denton give IIED's 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture and call for the narrative on Africa and climate change to be rewritten.

The event was covered live on IIED's Twitter service, and a round-up of the entire lecture can be found below and on IIED's Storify platform. Denton's lecture can be also viewed on IIED's YouTube channel.
 
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