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WEBINAR: Beating the biopirates? A journalist's guide to biodiversity access and benefit-sharing

There’s a multi-billion-dollar yearly trade in medicines, foodstuffs and industrial products derived from plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. But many such products have been commercialised without any of the profits returning to the countries and communities whose biodiversity and traditional knowledge made the innovation possible. And in some…


Added by Anne Schulthess on February 22, 2021 at 12:02 — No Comments

2021: Time to make change happen

Now is the time to make change happen. 

This year IIED and partners will deliver excellent research:

* To show how conserving biodiversity protects livelihoods as well as nature

* To make the case for a fair high seas treaty that benefits everyone while protecting marine life, and 

* To get money where it matters so…


Added by Anne Schulthess on February 10, 2021 at 16:29 — No Comments

PROJECT: Debt swaps for climate and nature outcomes in West Africa

We urgently need to address the triple crisis of debt distress, biodiversity loss and climate change. This project will scope how this could be done through debt swaps for nature and climate outcomes in four countries in coastal West Africa.

IIED will work with governments and civil society in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal…


Added by Anne Schulthess on February 9, 2021 at 11:23 — No Comments

New small grants initiative will support activities related to great apes conservation and development

The People and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) is excited to announce that with support from the Arcus Foundation, they are piloting a new small grants…


Added by Anne Schulthess on December 15, 2020 at 15:56 — No Comments

Development and Climate Days 2020

Usually held each year alongside the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, D&C Days is hosted in partnership, using a dynamic format that encourages dialogue on a range of issues that link policy, knowledge and practice for climate ambition.

This year's event will be part of the Understanding…


Added by Anne Schulthess on November 27, 2020 at 11:58 — No Comments

IIED at London Climate Action Week, November 2020

IIED and partners are participating in London Climate Action Week, a week-long digital event from 14-20 November 2020. This is the second series of London Climate Action Week events this year, with IIED again taking part following the successful series in July 2020. This week of events falls on the dates when the UN climate summit (COP26) was…


Added by Anne Schulthess on November 11, 2020 at 16:10 — No Comments

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems hold the key to feeding humanity

Modern food and farming systems are fundamentally unsustainable. They contribute around a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and are responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss. They are degrading the natural resources – water, soils, genetic resources – needed to sustain agricultural production.

A recent workshop hosted by IIED…


Added by Anne Schulthess on October 23, 2020 at 12:28 — No Comments

Working with nature to build back better from COVID-19: inspirations from farmers in China

Yufen Chuang and IIED senior researcher Xiaoting Hou Jones reflect on why working with nature to adapt to climate change can offer valuable lessons on how to build back better from COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that the health and the future of people and nature are intertwined. As global leaders …


Added by Anne Schulthess on July 7, 2020 at 10:33 — No Comments

WEBINAR: Nature-based solutions for climate change: from global ambition to local action

Nature-based solutions for climate change: from global ambition to local action

The world is facing two unprecedented environmental crises: biodiversity loss and climate change. The causes of these challenges are interrelated, as are the solutions.…


Added by Anne Schulthess on April 28, 2020 at 11:16 — No Comments

PODCAST: Four countries working together to get climate finance to the local level

To celebrate Earth Day, today I'd like to invite you to listen to Getting money to where it matters: ensuring funds for climate action reach those who need it most – the latest episode of the 'People, Planet and Public Finance' podcast by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Budget Partnership (IBP).

IIED and…


Added by Anne Schulthess on April 22, 2020 at 15:48 — No Comments

Biodiversity newsletter launch

IIED will be launch its brand new biodiversity newsletter next week. Sign up to it on the IIED website to receive updates on our work focussing on the links between biodiversity, conservation and local people's livelihoods.

In addition to biodiversity, you'll also find a range of newsletters containing our latest news and publications on a variety of subjects. Find out more and sign up now:…


Added by Anne Schulthess on April 3, 2020 at 16:44 — No Comments

Horrifying rise in ‘jaw bombs’ brings agonising death to jumbos

Playful baby elephants were half of casualties
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The female elephant calf was thirsty. Standing in the shallows of a water hole at dusk, it hurriedly sucked water into its trunk. It then curled its little trunk toward its mouth in an attempt to quench its…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 3, 2020 at 1:53 — No Comments

Fish, the ignored wildlife on our plates

On World Wildlife Day on 03rd of March, charismatic wildlife such as endangered elephants, leopards and the vulnerable sloth bear will take the stage – but one species is routinely ignored, to our peril.

Diverse fish species on a common malu lella

There will be protests to protect forests such as Wilpattu, Sinharaja and even mangroves. “But are we concerned enough about…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 3, 2020 at 1:51 — No Comments

Elephant seal native to Antarctica spotted for first time in tropical Sri Lanka

Published on Mongabay on 26.11.2019

  • A juvenile southern elephant seal from the Antarctic region was recently spotted off Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
  • The seal appeared exhausted,…

Added by Malaka Rodrigo on November 27, 2019 at 3:26 — No Comments

Attempt to push conservation of sharks with a global push on MongayBay on 05.09.2019

  • With the killing of sharks and rays on the rise, Sri Lanka played a lead role in pushing three proposals to extend global protection to 18 species at the recently…

Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 14, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

Restoration of Ansupa Lake brightens wetland conservation hopes

Across the globe people are worried about the future of wetland ecosystems. Ramsar Convention’s Global Wetland Outlook reveals that wetlands are disappearing three…


Added by Basudev Mahapatra on July 8, 2019 at 16:25 — No Comments

Biodiversity takes centre stage in Odisha’s silent valley

Mandasaru, 300 km south of Bhubaneswar, is a unique gorge ecosystem in the eastern part of Kandhamal district of Odisha. It is named after the rocks on a hill that narrow towards the top, Manda meaning rock and Saru meaning a narrow progression.

While the lower riparian and moist valleys have semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests cover the slopes of the gorge and dry deciduous forests the top plateaus. Frequent weather changes and the surroundings make…


Added by Basudev Mahapatra on July 7, 2019 at 18:29 — No Comments

Community protection holds hope for climate change affected Similipal sanctuary

Famous in this part of the world as a habitat of big cats and elephants, among a variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles, Similipal is a thickly forested hill range in Odisha’s northern most district of Mayurbhanj. Its name is derived from the simul (silk cotton) tree and the hill range is referred to in Odia literature as Salmali Shaila (Hill of Simul) by eminent authors.
“At present, one can hardly find a simul tree in this forest,” said Arjun Mahakud,…

Added by Basudev Mahapatra on July 7, 2019 at 18:15 — No Comments

Forest food ensures nutritional security of Odisha’s tribes

Access to naturally grown forest produce would go a long way in protecting tribal communities in Odisha from the worst impacts of climate change and supply them with all that they need for sustenance.

Forest foods are in high demand in haats or tribal community markets and nearby rural markets. Forest produce such as honey, amla and several fruits are in great demand in urban malls. Though this may appear as an opportunity for economic empowerment of the tribal…


Added by Basudev Mahapatra on July 7, 2019 at 18:03 — No Comments

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