Pollution and Health


20 Jan 2009

The remote island countries of Kiribati and Tonga in the Pacific rely mainly on fragile groundwater aquifers for fresh water. But groundwater sources just below the surface are highly vulnerable to pollution and salt water intrusion, as populations grow and concentrate in urban areas. Community organizers are working to change peoples' behavior to safeguard water supplies and the environment.

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20 Jan 2009

Severe water scarcity presents the single biggest threat to future food production. Even now many freshwater sources-underground aquifers and rivers--are stressed beyond their limits. As much as 8 percent of food crops grows on farms that use groundwater faster than the aquifers are replenished, and many large rivers are so heavily diverted that they don't reach the sea for much of the year. As the number of urban dwellers climbs to five billion by 2025, farmers will have to compete even more aggressively with cities and industry for shrinking resources.

13 Jan 2009

This brochure introduces recent experience in forest development cooperation to an international readership of specialists and decision-makers. It provides a brief overview on the state and implications of the international forest policy dialogue and insight into the work of selected projects in partner countries. It is meant to raise awareness for the complexity of sustainable forest management in the age of globalization and to reveal the diversity of demands on technical cooperation in the sector.


16 Nov 2016

Malnutrition, disease, spending on health are all linked to the need for better sanitation in our living conditions.

Studies & Presentations

07 Sep 2016

A new report from The World Bank Group, CLASP, and Carbon Trust, A Greener Path to Competitiveness offers recommendations and guidance on how companies and countries can stay competitive while implementing more climate-friendly technologies and strategies.

25 Aug 2016

On the 25th February 2016, in London, IIED and partners hosted a conference to help build a new policy agenda for integrating the informal economy into inclusive green growth and sustainable development. It was titled ‘The biggest ‘private sector’: what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?’ and featured speakers from research, policy and practice, including from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia and South Africa.