In this month’s issue...water and land rights, community-based adaptation to climate change and why urbanisation matters.
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Understanding the SDG's: powering Goal Seven

Understanding the SDG's: powering Goal Seven

The Sustainable Development Goal on energy – goal 7 – sets out the challenge not only to reach 100 per cent access to energy, but to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources.

Watch a new video from Senior Researcher Ben Garside, as he explains how this goal will be a powerful driver for development. This video is part of a series of video interviews with IIED experts who are working on issues relating to the SDGs.
Syria refugees in Lebanon learn how to make fishing nets, a skill which will help them find work along the northern coast (Photo: DFID, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

Urbanisation matters

Read the latest blog from IIED's David Dodman as he explains why urbanisation matters in responding to humanitarian crises.

The blog reflects on findings from a recent workshop, where international agencies, NGO's, and municipal governments in the Middle East and North Africa shared experiences of responding to the needs of refugees.
Women smallholders replanting rice in the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

Water and land rights

Stockholm World Water Week provided plenty of opportunities to explore the links between water and land rights, and the importance of these rights for ensuring sustainable development.

In his recent blog, Regional coordinator of GWI West Africa, Jérôme Koundouno, talks about the issues discussed this year and IIED's involvement.

Spotlight on... IIED's next community-based adaptation conference

Salaton Ole Ntutu, a Maasai cultural leader, and Stephen Ole Kisotu, of the Medungi project, address delegates at CBA9 in April 2015
Save the date! We are pleased to announce the dates for the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10) are now confirmed.

The conference will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 21-28 April, 2016 and this year's theme is 'Enhancing urban community resilience'. More information will follow so watch this space...

New publications this month

Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful locally controlled forest business organisations
Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful locally controlled forest business, presents 19 case studies from 14 developing countries. It shows how local people have been democratising forest business and draws a set of conclusions from analysis of these case studies which are essentially a set of lessons of what makes for success.

It is hoped that such lessons will assist serious development efforts to scale-up the organisation of locally controlled forest business – both for the local and the global public good.
Global or local food chains? Uncovering the dilemmas in Senegal and Peru
Using case studies from Senegal and Peru, Global or local food chains examines whether local or global food chains are better at delivering food security and safety, decent employment, protecting the environment and contributing to economic growth. 

Both countries import and export food and feed. Both face policy dilemmas and are rethinking business interventions, juggling national food security, economic growth and international trade agreements while satisfying growing domestic and regional demands and new consumers’ aspirations.
Urban climate resilience, water and sanitation
This new paper, Urban climate resilience, water and sanitation, attempts to identify a strategy for improving collaboration between stakeholders working in Dhaka city to improve climate change resilience of the urban water and sanitation (WATSAN) sector, with a focus on the urban poor.

The report is part of the Asian Cities Climate Resilience working paper series.


Democratic forest business models: a harder but more rewarding path

Reconsidering approaches to women’s land rights in sub-Saharan Africa

The Green Climate Fund accreditation process: barrier or opportunity?

Events: Save the date!

We are also pleased to let you know that the date for the next Development and Climate days conference will be 5 - 6 December 2015. This two day event will take place at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris this December. Registration for this event will be open soon and we will include details in the next newsletter.

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