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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Report
    IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining

    IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining

    This guidance document presents a step-by-step process for governments to develop, implement and monitor an effective artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) management strategy. Read More
  • Report
    Promoting Gender Equality in Foreign Agricultural Investments: Lessons from voluntary sustainability standards

    Promoting Gender Equality in Foreign Agricultural Investments: Lessons from voluntary sustainability standards

    This report looks deeper into the successes and failures of existing global standards on agribusinesses in developing countries to determine how they can help improve the situation of rural women. Read More
  • Blog
    Freshwater Stewardship in Canada

    Freshwater Stewardship in Canada

    Scott Vaughan explains how IISD is bridging the gap between freshwater science and policy, and how it plans to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary. Read More
  • Commentary
    A New Generation of Trade and Industrial Policy

    A New Generation of Trade and Industrial Policy

    IISD President-CEO Scott Vaughan presents ideas for a new generation of trade and industrial policy Read More
  • Commentary
    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    Debate over Canada’s climate change policies has frequently centered on concerns over jobs and economic competitiveness. This commentary begins in Cumberland County, in Northwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, where new jobs are emerging in the renewable energy sector. It argues that the shifts underway in Cumberland County are representative of a larger transition, as job losses in the fossil fuel industry are replaced by growth in renewable energy.  Read More
  • Commentary
    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    As the Sustainable Development Goals were in the final hours of negotiation in 2015, and in the early days of implementation in 2016, IISD experts reflected on the implications for countries, the UN system, and our own programs of work. These articles, first published as a series of blog postings, are the outward expression of that thought process.  Read More