International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
This month: logging in Zambia's forests, automation and inequality, our blog survey and more.
August 2017
Photo of a man in Zambia carrying a log and pick axe.

Saving trees or improving lives?

Thousands of Zambian villagers' lives have changed for the better because of the mukula trade, however mukula trees may be gone in the near future.

In response to the crisis, the Forest Department of Zambia has tried to control the trade, including banning movement of timber. IIED, together with the Center for International Forestry Research, is working with the Zambian government to understand the economic, social and environmental implications of these policies. Read the full photostory.

News and blogs

Automation, the changing world of work, and sustainable development

Automation and digital innovation are likely to have a profound impact on jobs in developing countries. IIED director Andrew Norton says countries should act now to refocus their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable.
Brazil ambassador Carlos Sobral Duarte addresses a meeting to define the key elements of a draft treaty to govern the high seas (Photo: IISD/ENB | Franz Dejon)

Moving a step closer to protecting the high seas

The world is nearing an international agreement to manage the currently ungoverned high seas – 50 per cent of the planet's surface area. In a recent blog, senior researcher Essam Yassin Mohammed examines the battle for our ocean.
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New publications this month

Automation and inequality: the changing world of work in the global South
Automation and inequality: the changing world of work in the global South, by IIED director Andrew Norton, examines the relationship between rapid technological change, inequality and sustainable development.

Digital technology will mostly benefit skilled workers at the expense of those less skilled. Governments in the developing world need to introduce reforms early on that will shift their economies' focus to help protect livelihoods.
Mainstreaming biodiversity and development: Guidance from African experience 2012-17
Mainstreaming biodiversity and development: guidance from African experience 2012-17 aims to help practitioners to:
  • Understand the ‘reciprocal’ mainstreaming process 
  • Find out more about helpful tools and approaches 
  • Select, assemble, analyse and present compelling evidence on the links between biodiversity and national development priorities 
  • Make better NBSAPs and development plans, and
  • Develop a communication strategy to support these aims
Addressing the impact of large-scale oil palm plantations on orangutan conservation in Borneo: A spatial, legal and political economy analysis
Over the past few decades, the palm oil industry has contributed significantly to the economic development of Indonesia and Malaysia. However, the industry has also caused widespread deforestation of ecosystems renowned for their biodiversity, as well as conflicts with indigenous peoples.

Addressing the impact of large-scale oil palm plantations on orangutan conservation in Borneo: a spatial, legal and political economy analysis synthesises key findings from a case study that aimed to assess and address the impact of large-scale oil palm plantations on orangutan conservation in Borneo.


Supporting water service providers during conflicts

The 2030 Agenda and evaluation: opportunities and challenges for parliamentarians

Women and children fleeing Boko Haram: their experiences in Nigerian cities
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Engaging for change – refreshing our strategy

IIED's new strategy sharpens our focus on how we will tackle the challenges of climate action, global social justice and sustainable development over the next two years.

Director Andrew Norton highlights that the global multilateral system can only work as it should if it is strongly connected to local realities. Read his blog on IIED's updated strategy.
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