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  • Man, wearing a blue tunic, stands with his back to the camera and looks at huts in the background.

    COVID-19, debt relief, and the climate and biodiversity crises

    Join IIED on Wednesday, 9 September for an online discussion on how debt relief can be addressed through climate and nature programme swaps

    13 August 2020 | Event | Biodiversity
  • The sky is visible through a forest

    Exploring why people eat wild meat – and designing better alternatives

    New research from Cameroon investigating drivers for wild meat consumption will help find sustainable alternatives that work for rural people

    29 July 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A sea turtle

    Tackling the debt, climate and nature crises together

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, urgent debt relief is needed. This is an opportunity to change how debt relief is addressed and delivered. Over the next two years, IIED will be working to have creditors and receiving countries take up climate and nature programme swaps – a system that makes it possible to tackle the debt, climate change and nature emergencies together, in order to reduce poverty and ensure an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID recovery.

    23 June 2020 | Project | Biodiversity
  • a turtle

    Navigating ocean investments

    In the first of a new series of ‘Insights’ case studies designed to highlight links between business and sustainability, IIED looks at a business model that could be the key to bridging the marine conservation funding gap.

    1 October 2019 | Article | Economics
  • A mountain gorilla

    Bwindi: bees, baskets and brilliant guided walks

    Tracking rare mountain gorillas is on the bucket list of many a traveller – both at the luxury end of the market and for backpackers. But what about the people who live in the same places as gorillas? Dilys Roe reports on a project helping local people to develop new businesses that benefit from tourism

    27 June 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A volunteer conducting an interview outside

    Evaluating change can be challenging; it starts with quality data collection

    NGOs are increasingly being asked to report on the impact of their work, and good monitoring and evaluation is key. Conservation Through Public Health, a Ugandan NGO, has some lessons to share with other small NGOs and – spoiler alert – it all begins with good data

    25 June 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • View of a road cutting through a forest

    Wild meat: is there an appetite for alternatives?

    The age-old tradition of hunting wild meat has, in many cases, become unsustainable. Efforts to change local habits have had little effect. Ahead of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, guest blogger Stephanie Brittain argues that to protect biodiversity, without compromising health and livelihoods, we need to understand much more about why people eat wild meat

    21 May 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Elephants roam the plain in Kenya

    Livelihoods Insurance from Elephants (LIFE) in Kenya and Sri Lanka

    IIED is working to facilitate private markets to insure small-scale women and men farmers for damage caused by human-wildlife conflict, primarily from elephants. This will provide support for insurance in two countries, Kenya and Sri Lanka

    26 October 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • The meat from a duiker is prepared for a meal, close to the Dia Faunal Reserve, Cameroon (Photo: Stephanie Brittain)

    Why eat wild meat?

    There is growing concern that hunting for wild meat consumption is unsustainable and threatening biodiversity conservation and food security across sub-Saharan Africa. But for initiatives that promote alternatives to succeed, they must be based in a strong understanding of why people eat wild meat

    19 September 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • An elephant in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. Efforts to combat illegal trade in high-value commodities such as tusks depend largely on the support of local communities.(Photo: Jurriaan Persyn, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    New collection of publications on community engagement to tackle illegal wildlife trade

    IIED and IUCN have published case studies, a policy briefing and a toolkit to help practitioners and stakeholders build community engagement in combatting illegal wildlife trade.

    9 May 2018 | News | Biodiversity
  • Lions on the move in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. While populations of lions have increased by 12% in four countries, including Botswana, studies show a 43% overall decline from 1993-2014 (Photo: Barrett, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    To save Africa's wildlife, conservation needs a radical shake-up

    To mark World Wildlife Day on 3 March, Dilys Roe and James Mayers highlight that, despite over 100 years of international investment in conservation in Africa, wildlife is in serious trouble. Clearly, conservation needs a rethink

    3 March 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  •  A discussion on protected area governance in a stakeholder workshop with a community on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda (Image: Francesca Brooker/IIED)

    Q&A: How can we achieve 'fairer conservation'?

    Now is the time to consider understanding and assessing equity in protected area conservation, says Phil Franks

    27 February 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Living in close proximity to wildlife is not a neutral-impact relationship (Photo: Creative Commons, via Pixaby)

    Wild life, wild lives: enough talking already

    As conservation policymakers from across the globe meet in Geneva to discuss international wildlife trade, one item on the agenda is the role of local people in making decisions about such issues

    27 November 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A hippo in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. IIED is helping the Uganda Wildlife Authority to address wildlife crime through community engagement (Photo: Mirko Eggert, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Park action plans: increasing community engagement in tackling wildlife crime

    In Uganda many people poach because of human-wildlife conflict or lack of income earning opportunities. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has a community programme to address such problems, but it is hampered by limited capacity and support. At Murchison Falls National Park IIED and partners are piloting an approach that aims to increase community engagement in tackling wildlife crime by implementing park-level acton plans

    30 October 2017 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to roughly 340 mountain gorillas, half of all gorillas left in the world. Tracking gorillas is the park's main tourist attraction (Photo: Ronald Woan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Spinach soup, gorillas and cow dung baskets – what's the connection?

    Tourism generates crucial revenue that helps conserve mountain gorillas and other species in Uganda. We're working to share the financial benefits with local people too, and help them develop better tourism products and services

    22 May 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwest Uganda (Photo: Mariel Harrison)Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwest Uganda (Photo: Mariel Harrison)

    Taking a more rigorous approach to evaluation

    Evaluation researcher Barbara Befani explains how a different methodological approach helped IIED evaluate whether the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group had influenced policy

    18 May 2017 | Article | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Pangolins are particularly at threat from the illegal wildlife trade (Photo: sk8mama, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IUCN seeks proposals for involving indigenous communities in combating the illegal wildlife trade

    Call for proposals for a regional workshop to be held in Vietnam on how to engage Indigenous Peoples and local communities as active partners in protecting wildlife against the illegal wildlife trade

    23 September 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • A market takes place in the village of Tiogo next to the Tiogo Forest in Burkina Faso. With much of the food and hand crafts on sale from the forest, the community is dependent on the conservation of the forest to maintain their livelihoods (Photo: CIF Action, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Towards a fairer future for conservation

    Conservation at a crossroads: Phil Franks explains why conservation must take fairness more seriously

    5 September 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A trainee with the Rhino Ranger Incentive Programme learns how to monitor the rhino population. The case study is already on IIED's new conservation database. (Photo: Copyright the Minnesota Zoo and Save the Rhino Trust)

    Submissions sought for new online wildlife crime resource

    Engaging communities in tackling wildlife crime – IIED is inviting submissions of case studies following the launch of a new online database

    1 September 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • Turtle hatchlings, targeted by the illegal wildlife trade, are pictured on a beach (Photo: Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association)

    How can we engage communities to help reduce illegal wildlife trade?

    Engaging local communities is recognised as a key approach to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. But a key problem remains: deciding what to do, and how to do it

    3 September 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Cecil the lion, who was controversially hunted and killed last week, is pictured in 2014. But a ban on trophy hunting may not save lions and have unintended consequences (Photo: Vince O'Sullivan, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    RIP Cecil the lion – what will be his legacy? And who should decide?

    Outrage over the death of Cecil the lion has led to calls for a ban on trophy hunting, but would this have the desired results?

    31 July 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Community representatives gather together to record their knowledge about dryland resources as part of a participatory mapping process in Isiolo County, Kenya. (Photo: James Pattison/IIED)

    Strengthening civil society to support natural resource management

    A new report finds that civil society organisations in Africa struggle to get the support they need to play an effective role in natural resource management and conservation.

    29 July 2015 | Blog | Governance
  • A traditional dance festival attracts tourists in Romania's Maramures Nature Park. The park was designed as a multifunctional protected landscape and was zoned to reflect both environmental priorities and economic needs of local people (Photo: Radu Pop/UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Equity, justice and ecosystem services: what do we mean?

    Conservation efforts are increasingly supposed to achieve equity – but what does this mean and how can it be assessed? Phil Franks shares some ideas that may help

    11 May 2015 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • The chairman of the Mpungu Authorised Resource User Group, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, who was involved in the development of the 'Multiple Use' programme (Photo: Mariel Harrison)

    Built on collaboration: how conservation research can benefit local people

    A collaborative research project into effective conservation in Uganda showed that building relationships with the authorities can be crucial, resulting in immediate action to tackle a problem, benefiting some of the poorest in the community

    27 March 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  •  'Imagine Bwindi', by Ugandan musician Richard Kawesa, is expected to reach thousands of people, from local communities living around Bwindi to policymakers (Photo: PCI Media Impact)

    'Imagine Bwindi' music video launched on World Wildlife Day

    A music video, 'Imagine Bwindi', celebrates the wildlife of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and highlights the links between the park and local communities

    3 March 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • Dr Dilys Roe (IIED) and Dr Rosie Cooney (IUCN SULI) with South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Bomo Edna Molewa (Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA Photos)

    Innovative approaches to tackling wildlife crime on the frontlines

    Ground-breaking community-led approaches to combating wildlife crime around the world will be shared at an international symposium taking place in Muldersdrift near Johannesburg from 26-28 February, attended by researchers, community groups, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs. The findings will be taken to the high level wildlife conference in Kasane, Botswana in March

    27 February 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • Ploughshare and radiated tortoises that have been seized in Bangkok will be among the case studies presented at a wildlife crime symposium in South Africa (Photo: Panjit Tansom/TRAFFIC)

    Symposium examines how communities can be helped to combat wildlife crime

    Local communities can play a crucial role in preventing wildlife crime. An international symposium looked at how government and institutions can support communities in combating the growing problem of the illegal trade in wildlife.

    20 February 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • Community engagement in preventin pangolin poaching in Nepal (Photo: Ambika Prasad Khatiwada)

    Wildlife crime and local communities

    IIED believes that efforts to tackle wildlife crime are only going to be effective in the long term if they involve the local people who live alongside wildlife

    3 February 2015 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Ethiopia's Mursi tribe graze cattle, but also hunt for meat and ivory. There are frequent conflicts with government and park authorities about land rights (Photo: David Stanley via Flickr)

    Ensuring equitable management of protected areas: we're still defining the issues

    Last month's once-a-decade World Parks Congress didn't talk enough about 'equity' when managing protected areas — but at least it's on the agenda

    5 December 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Lake Bogoria is home to one of the world's largest populations of Flamingos. It has been a protected reserve since 1973. The lake area was the traditional home of the Endorois people, who were forced to leave the area in the 1970s (Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais/IUCN)

    It's time to end conservation injustice

    Human injustices in the name of nature conservation have to become a relic of the past. It's time to get serious about human rights at the World Park Congress

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Around 3,000 Samburu families have been affected by land purchase at Laikipia National Park in Kenya (Photo: Alfredo Miguel Romero via Creative Commons)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part III)

    This discussion paper looks at the mechanisms for redress against injustice available to indigenous peoples and asks: should a body focused on the conduct of conservation initiatives be formed?

    12 November 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Flamingos around Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Minority Rights Group International)Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Emma Eastwood/MRG)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part II)

    This paper identifies key documents that contain provisions relevant to upholding the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in a conservation context

    11 November 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • San peoples from the Kalahari have lived in harmony with nature, but their contribution to the conservation and sustainable uses of biodiversity lacks appropriate recognition, particularly in Botswana and South Africa (Photo: Harry Jonas)

    Human rights standards for conservation: rights, responsibilities and redress

    IIED and Natural Justice sought feedback on a series of papers that aimed to be a foundation for clear guidance about the human rights obligations of conservation actors

    11 November 2014 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Australia's Border Ranges National Park: more than three-quarters of the park is managed as wilderness and access is by foot only. The World Parks Congress will look at how to protect and manage areas such as these (Photo: Michael Dawes)

    IIED at the World Parks Congress 2014

    The full programme of IIED activity at this year's World Parks Congress, including news, events, blogs and updates

    31 October 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • An orangutan swinging between trees

    Addressing the interplay between agribusiness investments and ape conservation

    Recent years have witnessed a new wave of large-scale acquisitions for agribusiness investments in Africa and Asia. Countries that house a large proportion of the world's biodiversity and ape habitats and populations have lost areas of high biodiversity land to commercial agriculture. Despite much effort at local, national and global levels, evidence on the exact scale, location and coverage of agribusiness investments remains patchy and often unreliable

    10 October 2014 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Images for biodiversity, conservation and poverty reduction (Photos: Ricky Martin, Douglas Shiel, Tim Cronin)

    Q&A: Why the PCLG website is the place to be for poverty and conservation issues

    The PCLG website is at the heart of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group. It has been relaunched with a new look and updated content

    9 October 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Emma Eastwood/MRG)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part I)

    Human rights appeared in international law in the early 1900s when it was widely considered to apply only to states. This discussion paper provides an overview of the evolution of international law and policy as relevant to conservation initiatives, and presents the case that diverse actors such as international organisations, businesses, NGOs and funders, also have responsibilities and obligations for ensuring just conservation

    30 July 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Deforestation in Kalimantan, Indonesia, which has been pledged US$1 billion pledge of REDD+ finance from Norway (Photo: Josh Estey/Aus Aid, via Creative Commons

    What's next for REDD+?

    After several years of negotiations, a framework has been agreed to compensate developing nations for avoiding deforestation. IIED hosted a conference to examine what happens now

    29 April 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Members of Likawage Village Natural Resources Committee use beaters to prevent a lit fire from burning backwards towards farms (Photo: Deogratias Ndossi)

    Making REDD+ work for communities and forests: three shared lessons for project designers

    The challenge of bringing a business-like approach to forest conservation, using REDD+ schemes, is complex and daunting. But three lessons learnt by a project in southeastern Tanzania can help ensure success

    10 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • An IIED workshop that aims to explore the latest thinking on REDD+ gets under way (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Coverage of Moving ahead with REDD+: Prospects and challenges workshop

    From 9-10 April, IIED hosted a workshop that aims to explore the latest thinking on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) — see the highlights here

    7 April 2014 | Article | Forests
  • An example of crops grown through no-till farming in Western Australia (Photo: Bill Crabtree)

    Spreading the word about the no-till agricultural revolution

    Never heard of no-till agriculture? It's revolutionising agriculture in Australia and other drylands countries. "No-Till Bill", a pioneer in the technique, is now spreading the word in Europe

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Costa Rica's Peñas Blancas Reservoir is the focus of work involving payments for ecosystem services (Photo: Dr Ina Porras)

    Payments for ecosystem services: We can't leave people out of the equation

    What's next for schemes that pay communities to protect local ecosystems? This is what leading researchers and practitioners in the field came together to discuss at IIED's conference in Edinburgh last week

    28 March 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Project sheds light on complex links between poverty and threats to wild species

    Project by IIED and partners helps conservation to benefit poor communities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

    16 September 2013 | News | Biodiversity
  • A Batwa man sits with his hands cupping his head

    Conservation Initiative on Human Rights

    This collaborative initiative with a consortium of international conservation organisations was formalised in 2009 to improve conservation work by promoting the integration of human rights principles into conservation policy and practice

    16 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Gorilla tourism in Uganda's Bwindi national park generates money for conservation, but not much for locals. Uganda PCLG is working to grow community income from tourism (Photo: Matthias Neuhaus, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    PCLG: an international learning network on the links between people and nature conservation

    PCLG international shares opportunities and research through two regular newsletters, and supports PCLG national groups in Cameroon, DRC and Uganda

    15 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Prioritising positive and negative social impacts of the protected area at Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Uganda (Photo: Rob Small)

    Introduction to conservation, communities and equity

    Conservation is critical to protecting nature and biodiversity. But many conservation interventions have negative impacts on local people. IIED and partners are helping to build capacity to understand and implement equitable conservation activities and to enhance community voice in national and international conservation policymaking

    5 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress

    The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a large, conservation event held every four years.

    16 August 2012 | Article | Biodiversity
  • 5-step guide to help farmers evaluate agriculture’s hidden heroes

    Smallholder farmers will soon be better able to weigh up the cost and benefits of adopting new practices that support some of the most overlooked contributors to global food security — the insects and other animals that pollinate their crops and boost yields.

    6 March 2012 | News | Biodiversity
  • Major deposit in biodiversity bank to protect future of food

    The future of the world's fourth most important crop will receive a boost thanks to plans by communities in Peru to send thousands of seeds for storage in a fortified vault, deep in an ice-clad Norwegian mountain.

    22 February 2011 | News | Biodiversity
  • Can hunting wildlife contribute to biodiversity conservation?

    It’s a politically and ethically charged debate. Can hunting animals really contribute to wildlife conservation and biodiversity objectives?

    19 November 2010 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Charting a course for biodiversity and the poor

    Negotiations by parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continue in Nagoya, Japan. Biodiversity researchers, advocates and government officials have gathered here to strike a deal that will, hopefully, safeguard life on Earth over the next decade.

    22 October 2010 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Bushmeat stew: complexities of a shadowy trade

    It’s hard for some to imagine sitting down to a meal of baboon, green monkey and warthog meat.

    1 February 2010 | Blog | Biodiversity
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