International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Happy new year. This month read updates from IIED's director, a new GCRF-funded project, jobs and more.
January 2018
Sustainable development issues of importance in 2018 range from getting climate finance to communities at the frontlines of climate change to the impacts of evolving technologies (Photo: Juan Horna, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

Changing landscapes: key issues for action on sustainable development in 2018

As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look?

IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work.

News and blogs

Maize cultivation along the Kafue river in Kitwe, Zambia. Water levels in the river have decreased because of deforestation in the river’s catchment area (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

Food, ecosystems, equality – can we have it all?

A recent international meeting discussed how sustainable land use can be mainstreamed for the benefits of people and the planet. 

In a new blog, principal researcher Barbara Adolph introduces a new GCRF-funded project launched by IIED and partners that addresses these issues.
Screenshot of video Sheela Patel of SPARC

Best of 2017: videos

Video can be a powerful tool for communicating sustainable development issues. In 2017, IIED uploaded 132 videos to our YouTube channel.

In this 'best of' list we highlight some of the videos we published that helped us deliver research and information in different ways.
Solar-radiation management aims to reduce the amount of solar energy warming the planet by blocking the sun with tiny particles (Photo: Mike, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Geoengineering and development – what price on equity and justice in the coming climate culture wars?

Climate geoengineering is a divisive topic. What could be good – the promise of ways to either cool the planet through enhancing the reflection of sunlight, or to remove CO2 from the atmosphere thereby reducing global warming – could also be terrible. 

IIED director Andrew Norton discusses the issue in a recent blog, addressing how relying on hypothetical solutions from unproven technology could reduce efforts to stop putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and disproportionately impact on people in the developing world.

New publications this month

From climate risk to climate resilience
As part of Irish Aid’s Climate and Development Learning Platform, climate farmer field schools were established in Zambia’s Northern Province in 2016.

In this case study, From climate risk to climate resilience, we present details of the methodology to enable this work to be taken forward and replicated by local government and other institutions committed to climate-resilient smallholder farming over the medium- to long-term.
Irrigation, food security and poverty – Lessons from three large dams in West Africa
Irrigation, food security and poverty – Lessons from three large dams in West Africa summarises the results of four years of research and identifies parallels between sites in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal, providing wider lessons for the West Africa region. The report concludes on the cost-effectiveness of the schemes, the quality of their management and the persistence of poverty and food insecurity. It also makes recommendations for action and for the better alignment of public policy objectives.
A guide to transparency under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement
A guide to transparency under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement provides practical information to help prepare various reports and communications under the UNFCCC as well as take part in the relevant review processes. It also provides a glimpse into the ongoing negotiations to develop the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement and some of the implications for those preparing reports and communications for their countries.


VNR reporting needs evaluation: a call for global guidance and national action

Los Informes Nacionales Voluntarios requieren la incorporación de evaluación: un llamado para acción nacional y orientación global
Photo: A conditional in-kind transfer: A Mayor gives a water tank to a local man in exchange for conservation efforts – facilitated by an NGO director.

Event: Rewarding environmental stewardship: New thinking on its role in development policy

IIED partner Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) welcomes you to an event 'Rewarding environmental stewardship: New thinking on its role in development policy' at IIED in February. 

Date: 15 February 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8pm
Location: IIED, 80-86 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8NH (map)

The evening will hear from four case studies of schemes aiming to incentivise environmental stewardship, spanning a range of social and environmental contexts and different scales. Discussions will focus on how different approaches to incentivising environmental stewardship can be more effective as mechanisms to achieve both socioeconomic and environmental goals, particularly in helping to address persistent poverty, and how such interventions engage with the political economy of policy implementation at local scales. Links will then be made to implications for development policy.

Find out more information and register.
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Job vacancies

Grade 3 senior researcher

We are recruiting for a senior researcher to support the ocean and fisheries economics research programme, which looks at the use of innovative economic solutions to address the problems facing the fisheries sector and to support healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and resilient communities.

Closing date: 10am (GMT), 24 January 2018
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