Join us next month for two events, and read IIED's new blogs and publications below.
Gebru Jember Endalew, the former chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, and LDC advisors including IIED's Achala Abeysinghe discuss the Paris Agreement text in Bonn (Photo: IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)
Event - London Climate Action Week - 1 July

Leading from the front: responding with urgency to the climate emergency

In the last year, the IPCC issued a stark warning of the impacts that exceeding 1.5°C will have for the world, particularly for the poorest members of society, and more recently the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) raised the alarm that more than one million species face imminent extinction if urgent action is not taken to protect nature.

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the 47 poorest countries who will be worst affected by climate impacts. But rather than seeing themselves as victims, LDCs intend to show the world what is possible with real commitment to build a resilient and prosperous future.

On 1 July as part of London Climate Action Week, we'll be joined by speakers from across the global South and North for a series of high-level panel discussions on how to respond with urgency to the climate emergency and finance urgent ambition.

Find out more and register to attend

Tanzanian women fishing in shallow water (Matt Kieffer, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Blog by Eugenia Merayo

Steering gender to the centre of the blue economy

IIED researcher Eugenia Merayo looks at the challenges women face in ocean-related activities – and says a sustainable blue economy must involve the active representation and participation of both women and men at all levels.

Read the blog.

"An inclusive blue economy must, by definition, place fairness and equity at its core. It must consider the different needs and challenges faced by women and men."


–  Eugenia Merayo
An investor into a cinnamon factory, that has created permanent jobs for more than 60 people (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)
Blog by Duncan Macqueen

Vietnamese forest and farm producers work towards more resilient livelihoods and landscapes

As the UN launches the Decade of Family Farming, Duncan Macqueen considers the role of the Forest and Farm Facility programme in improving incomes, employment and sustainable agricultural practices for Vietnamese farmers.

Read his blog now.
An oil rig silhouetted at sunset in the Oklahoma Panhandle (Photo: Gina Dittmer, Creative Commons)
Critical theme with Dario Kenner

The polluter elite, inequality and the ecological crisis

Independent researcher Dario Kenner has spent years studying the ‘polluter elite’ and how they have blocked the transition to a green economy. At a discussion at IIED on 22 July, he’ll show that their personal wealth and interest in maintaining the status quo opens new options for campaigns.

Find out more and register to attend.
In many Indian cities pedestrians are forced to share the road space with motorbikes and cars (Photo: Christine Ro/IIED)
Guest blog by Archita Suryanarayanan and Christine Ro

Making Indian cities inclusive means making them more walkable

Walking, cycling and using public transport are the main ways of getting around Indian cities. But as India's cities expand and car ownership increases, pedestrians are being marginalised – and their safety is being put at risk.

Read the guest blog.
Is ecosystem-based adaptation effective? Perceptions and lessons learned from 13 project sites
Research report, 106 pages

Is ecosystem-based adaptation effective? Perceptions and lessons learned from 13 project sites

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is becoming an increasingly popular strategy for climate change adaptation, especially in countries where dependence on natural resources is high. But EbA implementation is neither widespread nor consistent, partly due to a shortage of documented evidence relating to its effectiveness. This report shares results from research assessing EbA effectiveness at 13 case study sites to help address this gap.

Read the report.
MEL Handbook for SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Toolkit, 120 pages

MEL Handbook for SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 

This handbook focuses on how a range of actors can use monitoring, evaluation and learning to understand which SDG14 targets and initiatives are working, which are not, why, for whom and how. It advocates for widespread learning on how to accelerate progress towards the transformations needed for success in conserving and using the oceans in a sustainable way.

Download the toolkit.
Remote but productive: Practical lessons from productive uses of energy in Tanzania
Discussion paper, 40 pages

Remote but productive: Practical lessons from productive uses of energy in Tanzania

Energy Change Lab works in Tanzania to build sustainable, people-centred energy systems. Our productive uses of energy (PUE) programme helps rural communities increase their incomes and productivity. This paper describes our work with two mini-grid developers to develop and test practical approaches for improving PUE uptake in rural villages through prototypes to build skills and sustainable supply chains. 

Read the paper.
LDC NDCs: adaptation priorities and gaps to address
IIED Briefing paper

LDC NDCs: adaptation priorities and gaps to address

This briefing explores the Least Developed Countries’ (LDCs’) adaptation priorities as outlined in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and highlights gaps to address ahead of the 2020 update deadline. The five-year NDC update cycle is an opportunity for LDCs to clearly articulate their adaptation strategies and signal where they need international support. 

Download the briefing.


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