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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
    Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure: Ensuring the economic, social and environmental co-benefits of infrastructure investment projects

    Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure: Ensuring the economic, social and environmental co-benefits of infrastructure investment projects

    This report defines sustainable infrastructure, outlines its expected characteristics and co-benefits, and presents why governments must and how they can integrate sustainability into public–private partnerships (PPP) and other infrastructure contracts. Read More
  • Report
    The Potential for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Agro-Manitoba

    The Potential for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Agro-Manitoba

    IISD and the Prairie Climate Centre conducted a high-level quantitative analysis of the sequestration potential of land use practices in Agro-Manitoba that are additional to business as usual.  Read More
  • Blog
    Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    Many women work in artisanal and small-scale mining, but with little support. Stacy Corneau explores four ways to empower women in the sector. Read More
  • Blog
    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”

    Was COP 23 really the 'Caterpillar COP'? Phil Gass and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun take look back, and remind us that caterpillars are ultimately destined to emerge as butterflies... Read More
  • Blog
    In a World of ‘Fake News’, Why Think Tank Transparency Matters

    In a World of ‘Fake News’, Why Think Tank Transparency Matters

    Transparify has just deemed IISD “highly transparent” about our funding sources in its latest report. In a world of 'fake news' our CFO Grace Mota explains this really matters. Read More
  • Commentary
    Indigenous Protected Areas, a Way to Meet Human and Environmental Challenges?

    Indigenous Protected Areas, a Way to Meet Human and Environmental Challenges?

    This commentary examines Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) and their growing importance in recognizing the rights of indigenous societies and safeguarding biological diversity. Read More
  • Report
    Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Just Transition: Integrating approaches for complementary outcomes

    Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Just Transition: Integrating approaches for complementary outcomes

    This paper goes into detail about the various ways in which FFSR can be consistent with just transition. The scale of current fossil fuel subsidies in the world coupled with the massive financial needs for transition are early indicators of the benefits of approaching FFSR with just transition in mind.  Read More
  • Blog
    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

    You may be surprised to learn that we actually know very little about what happens to fresh water systems when an oil spill occurs. That’s why IISD Experimental Lakes Area is planning a large project to answer those very questions. Read More
  • Blog
    Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

    Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

    A series of recent reports has revealed a new complexity to the familiar topic of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s “conflict minerals.” Clare Church explores how the trade now not only proliferates outsides of the mobile phone industry, but also outside of the country itself. Read More
  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    Building on an earlier overview brief on domestic public finance options for NAPs, this sNAPshot takes a closer look at how Albania is integrating climate adaptation into its medium-term budget process. Read More