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 nature of 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.
Adaptation Week 2020
The world is already suffering the impacts of climate change and these will soon intensify. We must, in tandem with tackling global warming, prepare for its effects and protect our communities from environmental, social, and economic harm.
A Fair Path Forward: What gender-responsive adaptation teaches us about an equitable recovery
Only with an understanding of who is most vulnerable—and why—can we identify strategies that address real needs, ensuring no one is left behind.
Canada Can't Afford to Put Climate Adaptation on the Back Burner
Investing in climate adaptation measures is an opportunity to demonstrate foresight, show leadership, protect our economy, and keep Canadians safe.
Building Resilience With Nature: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in National Adaptation Plan Processes
EbA can generate social and economic returns and provide multiple benefits.
IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research on sustainable development issues, including reports, policy briefs, and toolkits.
Fit for Purpose? Toward trade rules that support fossil fuel subsidy reform and the clean energy transition
How can the World Trade Organization (WTO) better support fossil fuel subsidy reform?
Mobilizing Capital for Natural Infrastructure in Canada
This report offers a template for Canadian champions and funders of natural infrastructure projects to make a business case for specific projects.
Harnessing the Power of Finance and Technology to Deliver Sustainable Development
The world has enough money to fund sustainable development, yet there is a financing gap and a persistent digital divide to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Revolution Will Be Retrofitted: The future of energy efficiency in Canada
Energy efficiency and retrofits are playing a big role in COVID-19 recovery plans. We sit down with the policy director at Efficiency Canada to talk about what this looks like in practice.
The Global Governance of Sustainable Energy: Access and Sustainable Transitions
The sustainable energy transition is not guided by a central, hierarchical organization—an approach with many positive features worth copying.
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Is It Raining Plastic?
We need more research to understand the effects of microplastics on our fresh water—and find solutions. That's where our team of experts come in.
Rethinking Investment Policy to Support Sustainable Development
IISD experts are pushing for reform and offering their expertise to ensure good policy isn't held back by the threat of arbitration.
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.