This month join us for Fish Night 6, register for D&C Days, read about a new mining law in Mali, a new GAPA manual for conservation and more.
The Dumbo Octopod lives deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Octopods can live in ocean depths ranging from 100 to over 5,000 metres (Photo: NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Fish Night 6: Wonders of the deep blue

Dr Diva Amon, a deep-sea biologist and ocean explorer and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum in London, will take us on a journey through the deep ocean, to meet the mesmerising and wonderful animals that live in these environments and understand the impact of human actions and activities on these valuable ecosystems.

Join us at IIED in London on 21 November 2019 for Fish Night 6, where Dr Amon will explore what the latest research is uncovering about the delicate ecosystems more than 2,000m under sea level, and the human impact on these unique environments. 

Register now for Fish Night 6: wonders of the deep blue

Photo: A GAPA facilitator and notetaker conduct a key informant interview in Zambia (Credit: Francesca Booker/IIED)
Conservation news

IIED publishes guide to assessing governance at protected and conserved areas

IIED has published comprehensive guidance on a methodology for assessing and taking action to improve the quality of governance at protected areas. The manual describes the Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA) methodology, which brings together stakeholders and rightsholders of protected areas to undertake site-level assessments and identify options for improvement.

Find out more and download the manual 

"The GAPA approach to governance assessment means local people undertake the assessment – their judgement of what's working and what's not, and their ideas for action is what's important"

–  Francesca Booker, IIED researcher
D&C Days will take place from 7-8 December in Santiago, Chile
Registration now open

Join us for Development & Climate Days at COP25 

Development and Climate Days 2019 (D&C Days) will take place on 7-8 December 2019 in Santiago, Chile, during the middle weekend of this year's UN climate change talks.

This year’s D&C Days will look ahead to 2020, when countries are due to report on how they will meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement. During the two-day event, we will explore the ambitious plans and transformational systems that are needed to deliver climate resilience for all. 

Find out more and register to attend D&C Days
Artisanal miners in Mali. Estimates suggest there are more than 200,000 artisanal gold miners working in Mali (Photo: MOISESFOCUS, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)
Blog by Ahamadou Mohamed Maiga and Brendan Schwartz

Mali’s new mining law: an improvement, but fails artisanal miners 

Mali’s long-awaited mining reforms are here. A mix of progressive and outdated measures, the code must pass parliamentary review before entering into law.

Extractive and energy consultant Ahamadou Mohamed Maiga and IIED senior researcher Brendan Schwartz assess the significance of three aspects of the legislation
Low-income communities in the Cambodian riverside town of Neak Loeung have to cope with regular flooding by living on raised platforms above the floodwaters (Photo: Asian Coalition for Housing Rights)
Blog by Cecilia Tacoli

Urban food insecurity and malnutrition are about more than just food

Food insecurity, malnutrition and obesity are increasingly becoming urban issues, affecting the health of millions of children and adults. The new issue of Environment & Urbanization looks at the wider context of urban food and nutrition security and the challenges for policymakers.

Read the blog
Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA). Methodology manual for GAPA facilitators
Toolkit, 160 pages

Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA). Methodology manual for GAPA facilitators

If you are a GAPA facilitator or convenor, this manual is your essential resource. The manual provides detailed guidance for those who are using or considering using the Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA) methodology.

Download the manual now
Bearing the climate burden: how households in Bangladesh are spending too much
Issue paper, 32 pages

Bearing the climate burden: how households in Bangladesh are spending too much 

As direct sufferers of climate change, households are not passive – they are the silent but largest source of climate finance. We demonstrate this with evidence from Bangladesh, comparing household contributions to climate finance with contributions from government and international donors.

Download the issue paper to find out more
Spawning seasonality of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta
Working paper, 36 pages

Spawning seasonality of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta

The hilsa is a critically important species for smallscale fishing communities in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta. Yet current fishing regulations are inadequate and exploitation rates are well beyond sustainable levels. This study analyses key parameters underlying hilsa biology, comparing them across different ecological zones of the hilsa’s range in Myanmar and across time, and makes policy recommendations.

Download the working paper
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