Our weekly newsletter has stories of women protecting nature, 35 years of a changing community in Mali, an upcoming webinar and more. 
Photo: Yan Shenglian presenting on the work done to implement organic farming techniques in her village at farm market in Beijing (copyright Qiubi, Farmers' Seed Network, China)

Women ally with nature to adapt to climate change

To mark the recent International Women’s Day, we profiled seven women in Chile, China and South Africa who are working to protect and restore nature, promote a more sustainable use of natural resources and adapt to climate change.

Read their stories in the photo blog to find out how these women are demonstrating how ecosystem-based adaptation can deliver benefits for both people and nature.

Photo: Camilla Toulmin holding her new book (Mike Goldwater/IIED)
Blog by Camilla Toulmin

Climate change, conflict, migration, and land grabs: 35 years of village life in Mali

Camilla Toulmin’s book spanning the last 35 years explores the many forces and pressures facing people and their families in Dlonguébougou, Mali.

Read her blog for more on the new book

"While this book documents how life has changed for the villagers of Dlonguébougou in central Mali over the last four decades, it shows it to be a microcosm of powerful forces playing out in different ways across the African continent. "

–  Camilla Toulmin
Photo: Cash transfer payments in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2015 (Dominic Chavez/World Bank, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Gender inequalities in social protection – people, households and climate adaptation

Join us for an online discussion on 2 April on the role of social protection schemes and how they can incorporate climate-resilience objectives and respond to the different needs of women and men.

Find out more and register for the webinar
Photo: Land grabs and broken promises on corporate responsibility, combined with government inaction, have led to conflict between corporations and communities in Borneo and Sumatra (David Gilbert, RAN via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Blog by Lorenzo Cotula

Land rights and investments: why business standards are not enough

International standards can help businesses fill gaps in national law, but addressing issues at scale requires systemic governance reform.

Read Lorenzo Cotula's blog
Photo: People in 150 countries participated in the September 2019 global climate strike. The youth-led protest called for for faster action on climate change (mathiaswasik via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Guest blog by Ben Martin

Allyship not ownership: how NGOs can back social movements

The Green Economy Coalition's Ben Martin continues our series exploring the importance of public climate movements and what this could mean for organisations working on sustainable development. He argues that NGOs are best placed to take a supportive back seat role, not to be backseat drivers.

Read the blog
Urban transformation and the politics of shelter: Understanding Nairobi's housing markets
Working paper, 88 pages

Urban transformation and the politics of shelter: Understanding Nairobi's housing markets 

This working paper presents findings and recommendations from research on access to shelter and services in Nairobi, Kenya. It is part of a three-city study in East Africa also covering Mogadishu, Somalia and Hawassa, Ethiopia. Guided by political economy analysis, the two-year research project investigated why and how city dwellers make certain shelter choices, and generated recommendations to improve access to adequate shelter and basic services for the most vulnerable urban residents.

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Migratory patterns of Hilsa shad in the Myanmar Ayeyarwady delta. Lessons for fisheries management
Working paper, 35 pages

Migratory patterns of Hilsa shad in the Myanmar Ayeyarwady delta. Lessons for fisheries management

Hilsa shad is one of the most important fisheries in Myanmar, providing livelihoods and nutrition to thousands of vulnerable communities. However, overfishing and habitat destruction are putting at risk the sustainability of the fishery. This study aims to expand the knowledge of the ecology of the hilsa fishery, by discussing the seasonality and preferred routes of this migratory fish to help inform policy interventions that are cost efficient, maximise stock and ensure its long-term sustainability.

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Senior Coordinator (x2 vacancies)

We are seeking two highly skilled and experienced Senior Coordinators to plan and coordinate work within our natural resources research group, including the provision of financial planning and reporting for a portfolio of projects.

Find out more and apply by 29 March 2020

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