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Newsletter, September
This month read about the UN Climate Action Summit, the launch of a new navigator of tools for ecosystem-based adaptation, women claiming their land rights in three African countries and more.
UN Climate Action Summit 2019
UN Climate Action Summit

IIED and partners at the UN Climate Action Summit

IIED's staff, including director Andrew Norton, will be leading and participating in a number of events surrounding the summit, and will highlight work on climate resilience, nature-based solutions; supporting the work of the Global Commission on Adaptation; highlighting the importance of directing money where it matters; and supporting the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group of the UNFCCC, which will be attending the summit and launching a 2050 Vision for a climate-resilient future. Find out more on the IIED website.

IIED is also a partner in the 'Building a Resilient Future' day on 22 September which is convened by Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by UK’s Department for International Development. It is being hosted by Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Programs in International Affairs and the Urban Systems Lab at The New School. Follow the livestream of the opening and closing plenary from 1:30pm BST on 22 September.

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Mangroves line India's Kaveri river. Mangrove forests can protect coastal areas from erosion, support fish stocks and store carbon dioxide (Photo: Avinash Bhat, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Tools for ecosystem-based adaptation 

New navigator supports uptake of ecosystem-based adaption solutions

IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ have launched a new navigator that catalogues tools for ecosystem-based adaptation planners and practitioners.

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), a nature-based solution for adaptation to climate change, has huge potential to help governments, civil society and communities to manage the impacts of climate change. Although there are hundreds of tools and methodologies available to support the integration of EbA into adaptation strategies, information on these tools is not always easily accessible to those who need it. 

Together, IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ have developed the EbA Tools Navigator to help practitioners and policymakers identify the most appropriate tools for including EbA into their climate adaptation plans. This searchable database currently includes information on more than 240 tools and methods for planning, implementing and monitoring EbA activities.

Women meeting with Fati Alhassan, executive director for Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF) (Photo: NETRIGHT)
Long read by Philippine Sutz

Making their voices count:
the African women protecting their land rights

This long read examines how three approaches to reinforce land governance structure in rural communities in Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal have impacted on women's lives and had positive consequences for communities as a whole.

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The barnacles attached to a rock in the high seas are treated differently legally from the rock itself (Photo: Alison and Fil, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
Blog by Essam Yassin Mohammed

An indivisible whole: negotiating the fate of the ocean 

Critical differences of opinion over how, or even whether, the high seas should be subject to a governance regime led to sluggish progress at times at international negotiations in New York recently. Essam Yassin Mohammed spells out how he thinks things need to change.

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Bobas Elku of the Bekelcha farming cooperative explains how new farming methods have increased production (Photo: Teresa Corcoran/IIED)
Blog by Teresa Corcoran

Bright spots of success: local adaptation brings answers to the global climate crisis

From a smallholder farming community in south-central Ethiopia come inspiring stories of adaptation and resilience in the face of climate change.

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A stronger voice for women in local land governance: effective approaches in Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal
Research report, 56 pages

A stronger voice for women in local land governance: effective approaches in Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal

Since 2016, IIED has been working with partners in Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania to engage with rural communities. While the initiatives have been tailored to the local context, all three share a common vision – strengthening rural women’s voices in issues of local land governance. This report presents the approach used in each case, as well as the key outcomes and lessons learned.

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Creating enabling conditions for managing trade-offs between food production and forest conservation in Africa. Case studies from Ethiopia and Zambia
Working paper, 68 pages

Creating enabling conditions for managing trade-offs between food production and forest conservation in Africa

This working paper outlines research from case studies of interventions that have sought to better manage land-use trade-offs between food production and forest conservation: two cases in Zambia and two in Ethiopia. The learning from these case studies has revealed interlinked enabling conditions for better managing the competing land-use objectives of food production and forest conservation.

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IIED Briefing papers
IIED Briefing papers


Time to redress the globally unjust cost of climate change

Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation

Effective forest governance grows from strong civil society

Republic of Congo: five priorities for developing community forestry laws

Why communities are key to protecting Congo Basin forests
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