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Newsletter, December
Read about D&C Days, a new animation on fisheries, a new LDC project, and blogs about the Kimberley Process and CBD COP14.
Debra Roberts makes a powerful presentation in the opening session of the 2018 Development & Climate Days (Photo: Alex Wynter/Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
Development & Climate Days 2018

"Half a degree matters" – D&C Days focuses on IPCC special report on global temperature-rise scenarios

The 2018 Development and Climate Days opened with a stark warning from Dr Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC’s working group on impacts and adaptation: "We don’t have 12 years to save the world; in fact we probably have 12 minutes".

The two-day annual workshop ran from Saturday to Sunday, 8-9 December alongside the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland.  

Read the summary of day one, which includes video of the opening session speakers, including Debra Roberts' presentation.

Check our website for full D&C Days coverage with livestreams of panel discussions, photo albums and links to blogs.

Baka women collecting non-timber forest products in Nomedjoh, Cameroon (Photo: Indra Van Gisbergen)
Blog by Anna Bolin

Biodiversity: a women’s business? 

Women are among the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the world. What role do their burgeoning forest and farm businesses play in safeguarding biodiversity?

Find out in our recent blog

"At the local level, women in forest and farm enterprises are already making very real contributions to this global push. Supporting their entrepreneurial spirit could not come at a more crucial time."

–  Anna Bolin, IIED researcher
Still image of fisher woman from fiscal policy tools animation
New IIED animation

Fiscal policy tools: creating a sustainable future for ocean and people 

A new animation explains how governments can use tools such as taxes, penalties and subsidies to support the health of the ocean and protect the livelihoods of people who depend on it.

Find out more and watch it now.
Licensed diamond miners (tributers) work on Great Consolidated Diamond Ghana Limited’s large-scale concession in Akwatia, Eastern Region, Ghana. (Photo: James McQuilken/@J_McQuilken)
Guest blog by Gabriela Flores

Sustainable development and artisanal mining: time to broaden the ‘blood diamonds’ conversation?

Millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries depend on diamond mining for a living. Yet a focus on dealing with so-called ‘blood diamonds’ stops a wider conversation about how to help these people thrive.

Read more at our recent blog.
Members of a community risk reduction committee fill gabion bags with stones to prevent flood damage to farm land in Ethiopia (Photo: USAID/CRS, Creative Commons via Flickr)
New project launched at COP24

LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) 

The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) aims to develop an over-arching least developed countries (LDC) vision for adapting towards a climate resilient future by 2050. The vision will be LDC led and driven, driving forward climate action in line with LDC needs and priorities. 

Find out more about the project.
A governance assessment at work: local communities carry out an assessment around Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda (Image: Francesca Booker/IIED)
Blog by Phil Franks

CBD COP14: a breakthrough on understanding and assessing equity in conservation

A new international decision recognising the importance of equity in conservation could help tackle the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss.

Phil Franks explains how in a new blog.
The Bwindi Collection 2017-2018. Developing the capacity of community groups
Project report, 18 pages

The Bwindi Collection 2017-2018. Developing the capacity of community groups

‘Local economic development through ‘pro-poor’ gorilla tourism in Uganda’ has been developing initiatives to increase the value of gorilla tourism for both tourists and local people. This report summarises the project’s training programme provided by Sanaa Gateja of Kwetu Africa Art and Design.
IIED Briefing papers
IIED Briefing papers


Revising Mali’s mining code: three key areas for improvement / Projet de réforme minière au Mali : trois secteurs clés à améliorer

How bottom-up M&E insights can inform national adaptation planning and reporting

Nature-based solutions: delivering national-level adaptation and global goals
Latest roles at IIED
We're hiring 

Latest advertised roles at IIED 

Policy director at The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) 
The policy director will lead one of GEC's flagship programmes, Economics for Nature, on natural capital. This is a new position that provides a unique opportunity to shape, define and lead an ambitious global green economy policy agenda on behalf of civil society networks spanning the globe. 

Find out more and apply.

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