In this month’s issue...a new report on formalising artisanal and small-scale mining in Columbia, what IIED has planned at the World Parks Congress and details of how to register for Development & Climate Days at COP20.
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Culvert constructed to allow villagers to cross the River Mahenya in Kenya.

Room for optimism on Africa, the "hopeful" continent

Read the latest blog from IIED Director Camilla Toulmin, explaining how climate expert, Fatima Denton from the Economic Commission for Africa will say it's time for more optimism on Africa and climate change at an IIED lecture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Barbara Ward's birthday.

"Paz" (peace) graffiti in Medellín, Colombia.

New approach paves way to manage violence in cities in the global South

The October issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization was published this month, highlighting new research that suggests violence in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America is here to stay.

A farmer near Bagré dam in Burkina Faso dries paddy rice (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

Seven papers unpick debates on African agriculture and rural development

To mark World Food Day earlier this month, IIED, ODI and IDS launched the first seven of 12 new papers addressing agricultural and rural development debates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Spotlight on...IIED at the World Parks Congress

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IIED and its partners will be at this year's World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. A global conservation event and a landmark forum on protected areas, the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) is held once every ten years.

Members of IIED's Natural Resources Group and their research partners are attending the congress, and will play a key role in a number of events and activities. You can keep up to date on developments and our activities during the conference by following IIED on Twitter, while principal researcher Dilys Roe will also be providing updates.
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New publications this month

What is Legal? Formalising artisanal and small-scale mining in Colombia, assesses past formalisation processes in the Columbian mining sector, which is characterised by widespread informality. This paper also analyses the barriers to formalisation for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and offers approaches to overcome them.
Read the event report from the Mountain Communities Workshop on climate change and biocultural heritage, which brought together representatives from 25 indigenous and traditional mountain communities to exchange knowledge and experience of adapting to climate change.
Community and government planning together for climate resilient growth: issues and opportunities from Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro Districts, northern Tanzania.  This report outlines research conducted in three pastoral and agro-pastoral districts in northern Tanzania and identifies the constraints being faced within formal and customary planning processes.


Understanding key positions of the Least Developed Countries in climate change negotiations

Agricultural commercialisation contracts: concessions over people?

Artisanal and small-scale mining: protecting those ‘doing the dirty work’

Events: Development & Climate Days at COP20

The 12th Development & Climate Days side event will take place at the UNFCCC COP20 meeting in Lima this December, and registrations are now being accepted.

Date: 6-7 December 2014
Venue: Country Club Lima Hotel, Peru

D&C Days at COP20 will focus on innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development and is being organised in partnership by IIED, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
Register here
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