Is mass tree-planting the answer to biodiversity and climate challenges?

Tree planting and ‘nature-based’ solutions are presented as a way to address biodiversity and tackle climate change at a massive scale. But in some cases, these schemes can undermine livelihoods and harm ecologies. This is the first in a series of two blogposts by Ian Scoones, published in the week of the COP15 conference on…

COP15: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

A month after the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and the disappointment and frustration that many participants and observers around the world felt is still raw. Our colleague Fatema Rajabali was in Copenhagen and captured some of the thoughts of developing country participants during the final days of the event. Have a look at her…

COP 15: ANGRY PROTESTS AND DUBIOUS SCIENCE

By Shoumojit Kanjilal, IDS student When I woke up early and bleary eyed in Copenhagen on Wednesday the heavy snowfall made global warming seem very far away. With limited access to the Bella Centre and a large demonstration having been planned, “the people’s assembly”, the main transport links to the centre had been closed. Photo:…