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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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  • Blog
    Zambian Villagers Win the Right to Sue a Mining Company in the United Kingdom

    Zambian Villagers Win the Right to Sue a Mining Company in the United Kingdom

    In an interesting development, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal recently upheld the decision of a lower court that British courts have jurisdiction to hear a case in which a United Kingdom-based mining company’s activities caused harm abroad (in Zambia). We explore. Read More
  • Report
    The Adaptive Watershed: Training program for inclusive, ecosystem-based watershed management

    The Adaptive Watershed: Training program for inclusive, ecosystem-based watershed management

    The Adaptive Watershed (TAW) is watershed-based ecosystem management that explicitly addresses the need to understand and manage for a rapidly changing climate, while also incorporating the needs of vulnerable communities and women. Read More
  • Report
    IISD Experimental Lakes Area 2016-2017 Annual Report

    IISD Experimental Lakes Area 2016-2017 Annual Report

    In this year's annual report, we explore how IISD Experimental Lakes Area is innovating in the arena of freshwater science, to improve its own research, but also limnology across the world. Read More
  • Discussion Paper
    Case Study: What is the true cost of coal in Central Java?

    Case Study: What is the true cost of coal in Central Java?

    PLN expects to expand coal power capacity in Central Java, which is in the centre of Indonesia's economic corridor. But are PLN plans realistic and what will this cost—not just the cost to rate-payers, but also in terms of impacts on climate change and air pollution? Are there alternatives to these developments?  Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

    Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

    The first brief in this series provides an overview of SDG 1—ending poverty in all its forms everywhere—across cities in Canada. Read More
  • Paper
    Towards an Indicative List of FDI Sustainability Characteristics

    Towards an Indicative List of FDI Sustainability Characteristics

    Based on a review of 150 instruments, ranging from international investment agreements to codes of multinational enterprises, this paper identifies ten core characteristics of sustainable FDI and twenty emerging sustainable FDI characteristics widely accepted across ten stakeholder groups Read More
  • Blog
    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    In this guest column, IIED's Gabriela Flores presents four of the best lessons she has learned in communicating the complex topic of artisanal and small-scale mining. Read More
  • Blog
    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    If we are to truly achieve the SDGs—and be sure to"leave no one behind"—we need the kind of complete picture that only disaggregated data can provide. Read More
  • Blog
    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    The SDGs are interconnected and complex. We are working to tackle that problem head-on while developing innovative approaches to achieving them. Read More
  • Report
    Towards Sustainable Development in Manitoba: Recommendations for Manitoba's Watershed-Based Policy Framework

    Towards Sustainable Development in Manitoba: Recommendations for Manitoba's Watershed-Based Policy Framework

    IISD's recommendations to strengthen proposed programs under Manitoba's Watershed-Based Policy Framework aim for net gains through geographic targeting, an evaluation framework to assess cumulative impacts and value for money, as well as coordination of local level-actions through aligned metrics with other programs related to land and water management. Read More