This month: Andrew Norton's thoughts for 2019, two exciting conferences, tools for ecosystem-based adaptation and more.
Villagers in India dig out a silted-up water tank as part of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (Photo: McKay Savage, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Andrew Norton's blog

2019 – the way forward is a Green Decent Work Guarantee

How can the world achieve a step change in the fight against climate change during 2019? IIED director Andrew Norton looks at the issues and suggests that a radical approach may hold the solution. 

Read his reflections in the recent blog.

Closing plenary of COP24 with President, Mr. Michał Kurtyka.
Comment from Fatima Denton

Africa, Katowice And Climate Equity: The Dragon That Will Not Be Slayed!

The IPCC’s stark warning that we have only 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees, and that even half a degree outside this temperature guardrail might trigger more climate crises in vulnerable regions like Africa, seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Read the opinion piece from IIED board member Fatima Denton for Modern Ghana.

"Climate leadership is not a western preserve. Africa has an opportunity to take the findings of the 1.5°C report and use it towards safer growth."

–  Fatima Denton
Towards an inclusive blue economy

Towards an inclusive blue economy

On 25-26 February 2019 IIED will host an international event in London to discuss how to develop a marine economy which is fair and sustainable. 

Find out more about the conference and register your interest in attending.
Mangroves and seagrasses in Lembongan, Indonesia. Conserving mangrove forests be part of ecosystem-based adaptation, protecting coastlines and biodiversity (Photo: Steven Lutz/Blue Forests, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Help pilot the navigator of tools for ecosystem-based adaptation 

IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ are seeking feedback on a new navigator that catalogues tools for ecosystem-based adaptation planners and practitioners.

The deadline for feedback is 15 March 2019.
An aerial view of Entebbe airport. The airport is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, close to numerous environmentally sensitive wetland areas (Photo: Niranjanoak, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)
Blog by Rosalind Goodrich

Environment or the economy? How Uganda uses natural capital accounts in policymaking 

When half of a country’s wealth is natural capital it is vital this resource is managed well. If people, businesses and government policies put natural capital at risk, then long term sustainable development is jeopardised.

A recent meeting in Kampala, Uganda, discussed how natural capital accounts can inform better decision making for a viable future.
The 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13)

CBA13: Local solutions inspiring global action 

CBA13 will bring together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate resilient future. 

The conference will take place on 1-4 April 2019 in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, and will offer four days of discussion and debates, skill shares and knowledge exchanges.

Register now.
Access to finance for forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs)
Research report, 98 pages

Access to finance for forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) 

Many of the 1.5 billion people who live within the world’s remaining forest landscapes are smallholder farmers. Investment to add value to that production and make it sustainable and resilient will be key to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

The intention of this structured analysis is better access to finance for forest and farm producers.
Off-grid productivity: powering universal energy access

Off-grid productivity: powering universal energy access 

For communities in rural Africa to thrive, energy services must be affordable and reliable. But this is not enough. Energy services must be built around productive uses of energy (PUE) from the start. 

This policy briefing gives examples of actions to unleash PUE to help drive universal energy access.
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 by 27 January

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