The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to create a world where people and the planet thrive.About IISD
What We Do
Our research and policy work focuses on areas we deem ripe for transformation, where shifts in policy have the potential to change the game and where we have a proven record of making significant gains.
IISD Experimental Lakes Area
IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network works with partners in the world’s most vulnerable countries to develop and implement climate adaptation plans for a more secure future.
Global Subsidies Initiative
The IISD Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) supports international processes, national governments, and civil society organizations to align subsidies with sustainable development.
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
The IGF supports nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared.
SDG Knowledge Hub
The SDG Knowledge Hub provides daily information on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides balanced, timely, and independent reporting on United Nations environment and development negotiations.
IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research on sustainable development issues, including reports, policy briefs, and toolkits.
Procuring Food Stocks Under World Trade Organization Farm Subsidy Rules
This report examines various ways forward on the issue of food stock schemes under the World Trade Organization 's rules.
Taxing Coal to Hit the Goals: A simple way for Indonesia to reduce carbon emissions
Taxing coal is a simple and effective means to promote a clean energy transition in Indonesia, and the experience of India demonstrates that it is politically and economically feasible.
Net-Zero Should Not Be a Net Loss for Low-Income Economies
As countries make the transition towards net-zero economies, what do these policies mean for international trade?
Art Pushes Climate Change Communications to a New Level in Costa Rica
Supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), through the NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), the Next Season project explored the synergies between contemporary art and science to propose innovative approaches to raising awareness of climate change.
How Can Trade Maximize Gains From Clean Energy Investment in Developing Countries?
As governments increasingly turn to trade policy to support the renewable energy transition, they also need to encourage the production of key components at home.
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Measuring Nature for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery
In the face of multiple health and environmental crises, the inefficiencies of GDP as the main measure of economic health and government policy are strikingly apparent.
Speaking Each Other’s Language
When it comes to communicating the research findings of the world's freshwater laboratory, we need to speak to communities in their own languages. Literally.
Sink, Swim … or Fight Back
After a devastating cyclone struck, the NAP Global Network—hosted by IISD—helped Fiji make a plan to build resilience.