This month we have a new podcast, blogs by Andrew Norton, Brianna Craft, and Paul Steele, and our top 5 creative communications highlights from our annual review.
Andrew Norton, Clare Shakya, Paul Steele & Essam Yassin Mohammed in the new Make Change Happen podcast
Make Change Happen podcast episode 4

The trouble with growth

The concept of economic growth has dominated political and policy thinking for 50 years. But increasingly, that hold is being questioned, as the urgent need to cut emissions, protect nature and create a more socially just world becomes ever clearer.

In this episode of the Make Change Happen podcast, IIED director Andrew Norton leads the discussion with Clare Shakya, director of IIED's climate change research group, Paul Steele, IIED chief economist, and Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed, IIED’s head of blue economy, asking: what is the trouble with growth, and how can we fix it?

Finding responses to the pandemic: New York City’s public transport authority says it will disinfect trains every 72 hours (Photo: Marc A. Hermann, MTA New York City Transit via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Blog by Andrew Norton

Coronavirus and climate change are two crises that need humanity to unite

We hope that everyone is staying positive and healthy during this challenging period. We at IIED are continuing our research and work, but not travelling for the foreseeable future.

In a new blog, IIED director Andrew Norton looks at some of the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, and discusses the possible longer-term effects of the pandemic, as well as some thoughts on how we can work together for a better future at this difficult time.

Read his blog

"Perhaps the pandemic will produce changes that make societies more willing to act on the climate crisis in the long run. Strengthening recognition of our interdependence – that everyone’s health is everyone else’s business – could strengthen the understanding that compassion and empathy are functional traits for humanity."


–  Andrew Norton
Mentoring junior negotiators offered them a greater chance of making connections, and opportunity to gain advice (Photo: Brianna Craft)
Blog by Brianna Craft and Samantha McCraine

Supporting more than equal numbers in international climate debates

Brianna Craft and Samantha McCraine detail efforts to bring more women to the UN climate change negotiations, and describe how mentoring can help women influence decisions made during these global forums.

Read their blog
A baby orangutan clings to its mother. IIED's biocredits system learned from the Malua BioBank, which sought to generate commercial incentives for biodiversity conservation to compete against alternative land uses, and supported wild orangutans in Malaysia (Photo: Sascha Wenninger, via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Blog by Paul Steele

Making the market work for nature while helping to tackle poverty

To mark World Wildlife Day today on 3 March, IIED proposed a new system that would help protect biodiversity and also reduce poverty, bringing conservation and development together.

Find out about biocredits in the new blog
In the ‘audience personas' session we worked together to drill down into the detail of who our audiences are, their goals and what they need from us as communicators (Photo: Anne Schulthess, IIED)
Blog by Teresa Corcoran and Kate Green

Crucial conversations: our favourite five

In our 2019 Annual Review we looked back at ways we explored new channels and connected with new audiences. From filmmaking to Facebook content and innovative event design, these five highlights show that open minds and ears achieve impact.

Read the highlights from our communications team
Combine harvesters in a wheat field in India’s Punjab region. Just four crops – rice, wheat, maize and potatoes – provide more than 60% of the world’s food (Photo: Borlaug Institute for South Asia, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Blog by Dilys Roe

Is adaptation the missing ingredient from the new UN biodiversity action plan? 

Governments from across the world recently met in Rome to discuss the first draft of a new global action plan to tackle biodiversity loss. Dilys Roe considered whether there was something missing from the agenda.

Read her blog
Making the market work for nature
Issue paper, 32 pages

Making the market work for nature 


Tackling biodiversity loss is a growing priority for human survival. Introducing incentives for positive actions could play a key role in helping to reverse this loss. This paper explores the potential of using biocredits - a novel approach to promote biodiversity conservation.

Download the issue paper
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