International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
In this issue...take our stakeholder survey, find out more about our work on food demand and forests and register for our event to discuss Habitat III and the new urban agenda. 
IIED Newsletter, March 2016

Take the IIED stakeholder survey 

IIED is currently working with an external review team to help us better understand IIED’s contribution to sustainable development. We want to hear your thoughts on IIED’s work and what you would like to see us do more of in the future.  

The survey will take about 10 minutes and is completely independent. The closing date is Wednesday 20 April 2016. 

News and blogs

Are you coming to CBA10?

There are just days until the deadline to register for the 10th international conference on community-based adaptation (CBA10) to climate change. But if you can't be there, you don't need to miss out, you can follow the event online.

Can mining dig rural women out of poverty in Ghana?

An IIED dialogue with small-scale mining communities discovered women see mining as a source of hope – but that their dreams are seldom realised.

Spotlight on food demand and forests

With the support of country partners, IIED is conducting research to understand better existing and future trade-offs between food production and forests, and the implications for land use policies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Recent research by our forest and biodiversity teams reveals that there is limited scope for meeting tripling domestic food demand in SSA by increasing food imports, reducing food waste and increasing crop yields.  We have produced a series of infographics to highlight key findings from the research. View them on IIED's Flickr site or in the slideshow on the IIED website.

New publications this month

This new manual provides detailed guidance for using the Social Assessment for Protected Areas (SAPA) methodology.  The methodology uses a combination of i) community workshops to identify significant social impacts, ii) a short household survey to explore these impacts and related governance issues in more depth, and iii) a stakeholder workshop to validate the survey results, explore other key issues and generate suggestions for action.
Urbanising Thailand - A closer look; implications for climate vulnerability summarises a series of studies carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of Thai scholars. It focuses on the dynamics of urbanisation and climate change risks, and on the linkages between urbanisation, climate change and emerging patterns of urban poverty and vulnerability. It provides new and key insights, serving as a comprehensive background foundation for further research on urban climate vulnerability and resilience.assessment. 
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped finance more than 2000 hydropower projects and Europe has been the major supporter. However, environment and sustainability regulations intending to ensure ‘respect’ for the World Commission on Dams’ guidelines are falling short, prompting calls to use the industry-derived Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP). This Issue paper explores CDM project data and finds that, under a healthy carbon price, the cost of the HSAP would not be a barrier to accessing carbon finance, and could even strengthen the carbon market.


Achieving commitment to dialogue

Charcoal supply chains from Mabalane to Maputo: who benefits? (also in Portuguese)

Making cash work for cities and towns affected by humanitarian crises

Fertile futures: nurturing the shoots of China’s sustainable agriculture

Why is water still unaffordable for sub-Saharan Africa’s urban poor?

EVENT: Will Habitat III produce an effective new urban agenda?

Join us for a discussion on the likely outcomes and impacts of this year's UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III – as well as the launch of the April issue of Environment & Urbanization.

Date: Thursday, 5 May, 6-7.30pm

Venue: IIED, 80–86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1 X8NH

Contact: To register for this event, please email Please include your institutional affiliation if you have one

Contribute: To submit questions to the speakers ahead of the event, email or tweet @IIED using the #IIEDUrban hashtag
Find out more and register
Welcome to IIED / job vacancies

Job vacancies

Senior researcher (climate change)

The Climate Change Group at IIED is looking for a highly skilled individual to contribute to IIED's work on decision-making processes under the UNFCCC and implementation of those decisions at the national level to ensure that they deliver equitable and just outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Closing date: 12pm (BST) on Friday, 15 April, 2016

Senior researcher (artisanal and small-scale mining)

The Sustainable Markets Group at IIED is looking for a highly skilled individual to lead its work in artisanal and small scale mining (ASM).

Closing date: 10am (BST) on Tuesday, 19 April, 2016
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