|dc.description||Do you need to know more about the effects of air pollution on local food production? Does your community-based organisation face difficulties in becoming an effective stakeholder in discussions about forestry management with the government? Or perhaps you feel that gender issues are not taken into account in the agricultural extension work your organisation runs? For answers to these and many more questions, you might want to get in touch with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
The foci for IIED are the connections between economic development, the environment and human needs. For more than twenty-five years the organisation has worked to improve the livelihoods of poor and marginalised people in ways which lead to the care and regeneration of the environment.
IIED can be best described as a 'behind the scenes' policy think-tank. However, it is not a research institute working in isolation. The collaborative style of work, through partners and networks, characterises IIED as a bridging or linking organisation. IIED's aim is to have impact. They have developed approaches to research which are action-oriented, develop capacity, and involve all the major stakeholders around specific problems. It is the getting-hands-dirty approach, from the local level to the international level. Here practical advice, guidance and tools are needed. This is where IIED, through its many networks of partners, has its niche.
IIED's starting point is in rigorous research and policy studies founded in specialist sector programmes and disciplines. IIED's activities currently include programmes in sustainable agriculture, drylands, environmental planning, forest and land use, environmental economics, and human settlements. IIED has several publication series that vary from practical training manuals to reports on programmes. These publications share practical field experiences or new theoretical insights.
The Gatekeeper Series highlights key topics in the field of sustainable agriculture and resource management. Each paper reviews an issue of contemporary importance and draws preliminary conclusions for development that are particularly relevant for policy-makers, researchers and planners. Recent additions to the seventy-plus titles in this series include 'Gender is not a sensitive issue', 'Propelling change from the bottom-up' and 'A hidden threat to food production: air pollution in the developing world'. The Hidden Harvest studies focus on valuing species that are not incorporated in formal economic calculations, but which are often part of informal agriculture-based economies. By falling outside official statistics, such species can be implied to be 'valueless', thus giving an incomplete description and, therefore, false value to the landscapes in which they are found. Development and natural resource policies based on such incomplete assessments of resource values are likely to be inappropriate, ineffective, or counterproductive, and the purpose of this series is to avoid such weaknesses in policy formulation and analysis.
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