This month: women biodiversity champions, IIED responds to the IPCC report, publications, blogs and more.
Women living in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve are trained to sustainably harvest xate palms, providing them with income and preserving the reserve's biodiversity (Photo: Dani Newcomb/USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Women are advancing the march to protect biodiversity

Ahead of the November UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD), IIED has launched a series of blogs and interviews illustrating the role, influence and impact of women working to safeguard the world’s biodiversity.

From providing clean air to fresh water, and fertile soils to nutritious food, biodiversity underpins the health of our planet and the well-being of those living in it. A new series of articles from IIED running up to the UN summit tells the stories of women across the world who are working to conserve and manage our earth’s precious biodiversity.

The first blog in the collection by CBD executive secretary Dr Cristiana Paşca Palmer, explores how women – as agents of change and front runners – can be empowered to build new pathways to sustainability.

Citizens wade through floods in Bandung City in September 2018 due to the overflow of the Renggong River. In addition to more natural disasters, a warming world will result in huge changes to normal life, and affect the poorest countries worst (Photo: World Meteorological Organisation, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
Blog by Andrew Norton

The IPCC’s report on global warming of 1.5˚C spells out the urgency of action 

The long-awaited special report from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels was released earlier this month. 

IIED director Andrew Norton responds to the report.

"...rapid and radical action will be needed to effect the necessary changes in the management of land, energy, buildings, transport and cities."


–  Andrew Norton
Nicole Szucs addresses a group of women at the Food Change Lab in La Paz, Bolivia (Photo: Hivos)
Guest blog by Nicole Szucs

Food, sisterhood and dreams 

Nicole Szucs from Hivos reports back from a recent dialogue on increasing dietary diversity and local food systems in Bolivia, and highlights a new video showing how women play a vital role in the food cycle, from production to consumption.
 
Jockin Arputham: 5 August 1947 - 13 October 2018
In memoriam

IIED remembers Jockin Arputham

We pay tribute to an inspirational leader and fighter for slum-dwellers' rights, who died on 13 October 2018, aged 71.

Read the tribute on the IIED website.
From global ambition to country action: Low-carbon climate-resilient development in Bhutan
Case study, 20 pages

From global ambition to country action: Low-carbon climate-resilient development in Bhutan

This case study looks at why and how Bhutan is moving towards enacting the Paris Agreement and following a low-carbon, climate-resilient pathway. It draws on learning shared at an Asia-Pacific regional workshop which benefited from the experiences of multiple countries. Bhutan’s journey offers transferable lessons that could support climate action across developing countries.
Gendered voices for climate action, a theory of change for the meaningful inclusion of local experiences in decision-making
Working paper, 25 pages

Gendered voices for climate action, a theory of change for the meaningful inclusion of local experiences in decision-making

Bringing the perspectives of local women and men who have experienced climate impacts into relevant policy arenas is seen as key to just decision-making and meeting the Paris Agreement. This paper reviews existing evidence and proposes a theory of change for how the systematic inclusion of women and men with lived experiences of climate change could strengthen climate action.
Pakistan: the causes and repercussions of the housing crisis
Country report, 35 pages

Pakistan: the causes and repercussions of the housing crisis

This working paper explores the factors that have led to Pakistan's housing crisis – and also what policy actions can be taken to help mitigate it, such as passing legislation to acquire land for low-income settlements, suppressing land speculation and prescribing minimum density for all settlements.

Download the report.
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