International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
In this issue... Urban democracy and climate change, informal economies, and wildlife conservation.
September 2016
Picture of children collecting water from a tanker in Vijinapura, India

Why do we ignore the local processes that deliver global goals in urban areas?

In his recent blog, IIED senior fellow David Satterthwaite discusses how international agencies must work with local people in order to be accountable to those urban communities with the greatest needs. 

News and blogs

IUCN photo with World Conservation Congress logo.

IIED at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

IIED and partners are currently attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress, showcasing projects including biocultural heritage, ecosystem-based adaptation, social assessment of protected areas, food demand and forests, and locally controlled forestry.

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress helps shape the direction of conservation and sustainable development.
Picture of Debra Roberts at a meeting.

Champion of urban climate action to deliver IIED's 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture

The 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture taking place in London on 11 October will be delivered by Debra Roberts, head of the Sustainable City Initiatives portfolio in Durban, South Africa.

Places at the 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture are limited. You can register your interest to receive an invite to the 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture at the IIED website.
A man transports logs by bicycle. Services provided by informal economies, such as small-scale logging, are often not integrated into plans for green growth (Photo: Jolien Schure/CIFOR, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

Spotlight on... Informality and inclusive green growth

Earlier this year IIED and partners hosted a conference in London titled ‘The biggest ‘private sector’: what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?’. The aim of the conference was to help build a new policy agenda for integrating the informal economy into inclusive green growth and sustainable development.  

Participants discussed the variety of informal economies around the world, shared lessons, explored challenges and highlighted success stories from their home countries. 'Informality and inclusive green growth' uses eye-catching photos and infographics to capture some of the evidence and insights from the event, and summarises the key discussion points made on the day.

New publications this month

Humanitarian responses by local actors: Working Paper
In 'Humanitarian responses by local actors: Lessons learned from managing the transit of migrants and refugees through Croatia', IIED's Human Settlements Group looks at how the Croatian Government managed the transit of 650,000 migrants and refugees in late 2015 and early 2016, by coordinating the activities of an extensive number of international, national and local stakeholders to ensure quick and appropriate responses to people’s needs.
A new urban agenda?
In this Environment and Urbanization Brief, we explore who will address the goals laid out in the 'New Urban Agenda' which will be agreed at the Habitat III conference in October.

'A new urban agenda?' suggests that what is needed is to acknowledge the role of local democracy in successful cities, and how new urban agendas got buy-in from local governments in the past. 
Conservation standards: From rights to responsibilities
Although conservation interventions aim to protect biological and cultural diversity, they can affect communities in a number of ways. Focusing on indigenous peoples, Conservation standards: From rights to responsibilities aims to provide a set of draft conservation standards and aims to encourage discussion and collect feedback.


From livelihoods to equity for better protected area conservation

Saving Africa’s vanishing wildlife: how civil society can help turn the tide

Ecosystem-based adaptation: a win–win formula for sustainability in a warming world?

Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation
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Job vacancies

Marketing manager (Closing soon!)

The Communications group has an exciting opportunity for a marketing professional experienced in digital technologies to raise awareness, manage dissemination and increase the impact of IIED among our priority audiences.
Closing date: 4pm (BST) on Monday, 5 September 2016

IIED is looking for a research professional to work in its Human Settlements research group. This exciting opportunity would be ideal for someone interested in urbanisation issues - including urban poverty, urban governance, urban food security, rural-urban linkages, and infrastructure for economic development.
Closing date: 4pm (BST) on Thursday, 15 September 2016
Bid support manager

IIED is looking for a bid support manager to work closely with research groups and play a critical role in supporting the bid-proposal preparation process, ensuring proposals reach the highest professional standards and support the achievement of IIED’s fundraising strategy.
Closing date: 4pm (BST) on Sunday, 18 September 2016
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